April 19, 2014
A Solution to the Wage Gap?
On Wednesday April 9, 2014, Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act which would have forced businesses to make their employees publicly report their earnings to show the unfairness in the wage gap along gender and race lines.
However, before this bill was blocked, President Obama issued two executive orders on Tuesday, April 8: one bans employers from punishing their workers who discuss their pay with other workers, while the other requires employees to submit data that divide pay scales among gender and race. These executive orders only apply to federal contractors.
One statistic shows that women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn, but the ratio alternates between different states. Many Democrats have been in favor of changing this statistic by means of the Paycheck Fairness Act, while Republicans shoot it down arguing that the bill is duplicative and would encourage many lawsuits.
Is it the Federal Government’s job to pass a bill that balances the wage gap? Do you think that businesses are intentionally biased and want to underpay women for the sake of limiting the businesses’ expenses? If not, why are businesses underpaying women in the first place? Is it wrong that businesses are underpaying women or do they have a right to? If it is not up to the Federal Government, who should regulate the unfairness in the wages or should it not be regulated at all?