Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

Sex, Workers

(Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
Gender discrimination does not explain the male-female pay gap

President Obama recently urged the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to sue their employers for gender discrimination. The act is needed, Obama said in a written statement, because “even in 2010, women make only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.” The House passed the legislation in 2009, but the Senate has yet to act.

Whereas under current law, women who sue their employers must prove gender bias, the Paycheck Fairness Act would shift the burden to employers to show that gender pay differences are not caused by bias. A woman

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