Sometimes, the call for pay equity is louder than others. The principle that the U.S. women's national soccer team ought to be paid at least as well as their male counterparts received a very loud endorsement from fans on Sunday. After the women's team won the World Cup for the fourth time, fans in the French stadium began chanting "EQUAL PAY!"
Three women from Oracle Corp. allege that the database company systematically pays men more than women. They are seeking class-action status so they can represent over 4,000 other women who may be affected, but class-action status can be hard to achieve, especially in employment law cases.
Canada-based Vice Media has agreed to settle claims brought by current and former employees that the company systemically underpaid female employees. Vice will pay $1.875 million to settle the class action.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team holds three Women's World Cup trophies and four Olympic gold medals, among a number of other achievements. The team has been ranked No. 1 of No. 2 for most of the 2000s and 2010s and is currently ranked No. 1. It entered the qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup upon a 21-game win streak and dominated the competition, ultimately qualifying.
Anyone who has applied for a job has probably had to tell the potential employer how much they earned in their previous jobs, either in the interview process or in an application. Given the current trends, however, it is quite possible employer requests for salary history will become a thing of the past.
On April 9, 2016, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that enhanced protections for workers across the State. By a 100-36 margin, the House passed a bill that would bar employers from paying employees less on the basis of an employee's sex. In addition, this bill also bars unequal pay on the basis of gender identity. If this bill becomes law, Maryland would be one of the few states to bar unequal pay on the basis of gender identity.
While women have made great strides in the workforce in recent decades, there are still many workplaces that proliferate gender discrimination. It may not be as obvious as it was back before the Equal Pay Act of1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 required employers to treat women and men equally, but today's working women still do not need to look far to find a glass ceiling, a wage discrepancy or a sexually hostile workplace.