Corporate America's Glass Ceiling - Discrimination with Regard to Pay and Promotions Affects An Entire Family

April 26, 2005

Equal pay for women has been the law since 1963, but today, 42 years later, women in corporate America are still suffering from a huge gap in pay and promotions. This is true even though women are doing similar work, and have similar education, skills and experience as their male counterparts.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 are federal laws, which are supposed to protect women from discrimination in the workplace. Title VII prohibits compensation discrimination on the basis of sex and the Equal Pay Act requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment. The jobs do not need to be identical between men and women, but they must be substantially equal in content including skill, effort and responsibility to afford equal pay. The average American woman earns about $.74 for every dollar that their male counterpart earns. Additionally, women compose about only 11% of corporate officers in the Fortune 500 companies in America.

Even though these laws have assisted women during the last few decades, the truth is that equal pay between the sexes is still a problem for all working women. Some surprising examples are as follows:

  • Women attorneys earn nearly $375.00 per week less than male attorneys
  • Women doctors earn ...

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by: Michelle M. Begley, Esquire

BusinessWest
April 2005

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