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senate Bill S. 862

Do the Feds Need More Ways to Punish Businesses That Don’t Pay Women Equally?

Argument in favor

It's the 21st century — there's no reason that women shouldn't make the same amount of money as men for doing the same work. The federal government needs to ensure that pay discrimination becomes a thing of the past.

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08/26/2015
"It is wrong that women working full-time only earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. We have got to move forward and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law." [berniesanders.com]
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DonaldTrump's Opinion
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08/26/2015
“If they do the same job, they should get the same pay.” [thehill.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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08/26/2015
"Equal pay is a family issue. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and are a growing number of breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men. When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so do their families." [whitehouse.gov]
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Argument opposed

There are plenty of reasons that one worker should make more money than another — including education, experience, and training. Wage disparities are often the result of differences in people’s abilities, not gender discrimination.

AutumnStarlight's Opinion
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05/08/2015
While I agree that women and men rightly should (and do, as I'll explain) receive equal pay for equal work, we must first properly identify the cause of this financial disparity before we can fix it. Even though the gender pay gap is not entirely false, it is by no means entirely true, either. Thanks to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, signed into law by JFK, it is a federal crime to pay employees differently based on sex, or national origin, leaving the only legitimate reasons to pay someone differently factors such as job position, experience, time spent at work, and productivity. The notion that women everywhere are universally paid $.77 to her immediate male colleague's dollar is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. If such a notion was true, then no men would be in the workforce at all because greedy employers who love them some cheap labor would simply hire a woman to do the same job at 23% discount. The gender pay gap is actually a gender *earnings* gap, and it is also a national average, not a universally applicable paradigm. The statistic comes from The Income, Earnings, and Poverty Data from the 2007 American Community Survey, released in 2010 by the US Census Bureau. It stated that in 2007, women's national median income across all industries was an average of $34,278, which is 77.5% of men's median income, $44,255. The gender earnings gap exists not because women are universally paid less than men, but because they generally don't take the same jobs that men do, or work the same hours. If we really wanted to get more women into high-paying fields such as science, medicine, or law, we have to get more women interested in those fields. This will simultaneously close the gender earnings gap, and advance women altogether. We are the result of the choices we make, and we must be the change we want to see in the world.
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Forestdog's Opinion
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05/07/2015
THERE IS ALREADY A FEDERAL LAW TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM WAGE DISCRIMINATION! If an employee can prove that someone of the opposite sex who has the EXACTLY same qualifications is paid more then they have a federal case.
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ArcherBroadmeadow's Opinion
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04/19/2015
The alleged pay gap is the result of choice, not discrimination.
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      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 25th, 2015
    "It is wrong that women working full-time only earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. We have got to move forward and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law." [berniesanders.com]
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    While I agree that women and men rightly should (and do, as I'll explain) receive equal pay for equal work, we must first properly identify the cause of this financial disparity before we can fix it. Even though the gender pay gap is not entirely false, it is by no means entirely true, either. Thanks to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, signed into law by JFK, it is a federal crime to pay employees differently based on sex, or national origin, leaving the only legitimate reasons to pay someone differently factors such as job position, experience, time spent at work, and productivity. The notion that women everywhere are universally paid $.77 to her immediate male colleague's dollar is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. If such a notion was true, then no men would be in the workforce at all because greedy employers who love them some cheap labor would simply hire a woman to do the same job at 23% discount. The gender pay gap is actually a gender *earnings* gap, and it is also a national average, not a universally applicable paradigm. The statistic comes from The Income, Earnings, and Poverty Data from the 2007 American Community Survey, released in 2010 by the US Census Bureau. It stated that in 2007, women's national median income across all industries was an average of $34,278, which is 77.5% of men's median income, $44,255. The gender earnings gap exists not because women are universally paid less than men, but because they generally don't take the same jobs that men do, or work the same hours. If we really wanted to get more women into high-paying fields such as science, medicine, or law, we have to get more women interested in those fields. This will simultaneously close the gender earnings gap, and advance women altogether. We are the result of the choices we make, and we must be the change we want to see in the world.
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    “If they do the same job, they should get the same pay.” [thehill.com]
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    "Equal pay is a family issue. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and are a growing number of breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men. When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so do their families." [whitehouse.gov]
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    "Every single Republican in the US Senate voted against equal pay for equal work for women today. Unreal." [twitter.com/senwarren]
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    I'm a walking, talking, thinking, reasonable woman. And I don't deserve a penny less than my male counterpart. Screw whatever religious doctrine you possess that makes you idiotically believe I am suppose to be subservient to men or that I deserve less.
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    THERE IS ALREADY A FEDERAL LAW TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM WAGE DISCRIMINATION! If an employee can prove that someone of the opposite sex who has the EXACTLY same qualifications is paid more then they have a federal case.
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    The alleged pay gap is the result of choice, not discrimination.
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    We cannot hope to have a free and equal society without economic equity for all marginalized and vulnerable communities. This legislation furthers the legal burden to provide fair compensation regardless of gender, and should have been signed into law decades ago.
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    They should be punished I believe. However, I don't think it's happening because I do not believe In a wage gap and think that work ethic, educational backgrounds, and time working should be a role in how much more or less you're paid compared to someone as well.
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    No
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    Same job is the same job. Shouldn't be paid different.
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    "Equal pay for equal work. It's common sense. It's also overdue. Let's close the gap and let's do it now." [twitter.com/VP]
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    “It's a bogus issue. It is against the law to discriminate against women for employment and to pay them less than you pay men, and it will continue to be.” Read more at http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120513/GPG010403/205130557/Walker-faces-challenges-winning-some-female-voters
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    Women have been denied equal pay for a long time. It's about time to fix that.
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    This gap is largely a myth, and getting the government involved in ANOTHER issue that threatens no one's life, liberty, or property is a waste of time and money and detrimental to society.
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    Yes! It's time that women be paid equal to what men are earning. It's crazy this is still an issue 100 + years after suffragette and women gaining the "right" to work. Let's get this done.
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    Women can't stand up for themselves? We need the Nanny State to make the big bad old businesses quit being mean to the girls??? This is as good a pretext as any, I suppose, for more government control. . . .
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    ““Wages should be equal, and there are laws to make it so, and they should be enforced.” Read more at http://time.com/3961603/jeb-bush-equal-pay-lgbt-discrimination/
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    When a woman is doing the same job as a man I do not care what field it is and they both should be making the same pay.
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