Back in March, members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging members of the team are paid less than members of the men’s team, violating the federal Equal Pay Act. The players argue they are paid almost four times less than their male counterparts (for example, if the women’s team wins the world cup, each player gets a $75,000 bonus; if the men’s team wins, each player gets a staggering bonus of $9.375 million).
Continue reading POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM – BUT WILL IT MATTER?
Earlier this week, California’s governor signed an equal pay bill into law that some commentators are calling the toughest equal pay law in the country. California’s prior equal pay law made it unlawful for an employer to pay an employee less than the wages paid to the opposite sex, but required the differently paid employees to work “in the same establishment” and perform “equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility” under similar working conditions. While the equal pay law applies to both men and women, laws of this kind are most frequently invoked by women paid less than their male counterparts.
Continue reading REDEFINING EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK