Is the gender pay gap a myth where you work?

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Is the gender pay gap a myth where you work?
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Wed, 06-05-2013 - 9:35am

Do you work with any male co-workers with the same job title, and if so, are you getting paid the same?  I've read statistice of women earning 75-84 cents for every dollar men in similarly situated jobs earn.  New York is considering legislation ~ The Women's Equality Act ~ to get rid of the gender pay gap.   It requires an employer to pay the same salary and perhaps give the same raises to both men and women with the same job title.  A woman who's been paid less than a similarly situated male for years is entitled to back pay.

<<Women with children are less likely to be recommended for hire or promoted, and in most cases are offered lower salaries than similarly situated men. This proposal prohibits employers from denying work or promotion to workers simply because they have children.>>

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-cuomo/womens-rights-are-human-r_1_b_3380829.html

If you've ever worked for an employer who doesn't publish salaries, were you paid less than similarly situated male co-workers?  How do you find out?  Did having children ever work against you in hiring, raises, promotions?

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 9:47am

My experience:  I worked years ago when starting salaries and year-end bonuses were published, known, discussed.  Raises and promotion were merit-based.  Today that has all changed and everything is merit-based and, well, secretive.  I can't imagine how women in private industry today find out if they're being paid less.  How does one prove she wasn't promoted because she has kids, a very real concern for many. 

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 10:49am

My company does not publish salaries and there is only one other guy in our small separate "department" and I have no clue how much he makes. 

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 4:49pm

I'm the only one in my company with my job title and/or position so in my position, n/a.  I haven't looked at the pay details of other jobs enough to answer company wide, not enough time in my day to look at such things.

It's not about publising salaries, I don't think that is where the information comes from.  The information comes from reports (cenus and other types) that are required by law to fill out by either a company or a payroll service that details a lot of this type of stuff out.  We do a bunch of them and I know payroll services do them as well.

Having children and my choice to not spend 50+ hours a week from them on a regular, constant basis has worked against me in my career, I have specifically chosen not to follow a high career path in my field because I want to an active, engaged and involved parent and for "me" that means not spending 50+ hours a week working outside of the home away from my family.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sun, 06-16-2013 - 12:48pm
No, and yes. I was the only person at my level in the company. I'm a mid-level manager/ senior engineer, and the other people in my group were a good 10 years younger. So I was definitely paid more. However, in the past few years, we've grown a lot. We've hired a few more people at my level (two women, one man). They are all paid more than me, but the man is a good $30k to $40k higher than the women (yeah, someone let that slip). Part of it is because as we grew, we had to hire people at market rate in order to get them. (While those of us who have been here longer...get screwed.) So on one hand, I'm pretty upset that by virtue of his salary, you'd think he was more critical to the company than me (he's not). On the other hand, I've hired a new engineer in who will work for me who makes more, because frankly, we need her. She's hit the ground running in a way that younger people can't.