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Fair Pay and Women’s Equality Discussed in Employment Law This Week

The new episode of Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – discusses legislation that affects women in the workplace.

One segment concerns the new amendment to California’s “Fair Pay Act,” which toughens the state’s existing equal pay law. The old law prohibited gender-based pay differentials for employees doing equal work in the same establishment.  The law now requires equal pay for male and female employees who do “similar work” under “similar working conditions.” This means the law may no longer take into account varying cost of living in different areas of the state. Attorney William Continue Reading

New York Joins California in Battling Gender Bias: An Extended Interview with Susan Gross Sholinsky

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Employment Law This Week (November 2, 2015) has released bonus footage of its interview with attorney Susan Gross Sholinsky, a contributor to this blog and a member of the Women’s Initiative of Epstein Becker Green.

As Ms. Sholinsky discusses, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a series of bills aimed at battling gender bias in the workplace and addressing fair pay, pay transparency, sexual harassment, accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions, and more. This follows Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the California Fair Pay Act … Continue Reading

Update on Gender Disparity in the Workplace: The Report by Lean In and McKinsey

Corporate America still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

According to a comprehensive study by Lean In and McKinsey & Company, Women in the Workplace 2015, women remain underrepresented at American companies, from entry level to the C-suite.  The greatest disparity occurs at senior levels of leadership.

Women in the Workplace 2015The study’s authors offer several key findings.  For one, the leadership ambition gap persists and women find the path to leadership disproportionately stressful.  Another finding is the uneven playing field women experience: The study concludes that women are almost four times more likely than … Continue Reading

Do Women Really ‘Hold the Cards’ in Our Modern Economy?

You may have read a controversial and thought-provoking article in the July/August issue of The Atlantic magazine called "The End of Men." The article poses the following question: "What if the modern, postindustrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men?" After all, as author Hanna Rosin points out, many more men than women lost their jobs during the recent recession, women now make up the majority of the U.S. workforce, most of the job categories that are expected to grow in the next decade are dominated by women, and women are obtaining more B.A. degrees … Continue Reading

Equality of Pay in Recessionary Times

Two interesting articles were published this month that highlight current pay disparities between men and women.

In the New York Times article entitled "Why Is Her Paycheck Smaller?" (March 1, 2009), author Hannah Fairfield asks why women still continue to earn less than men do in the same job. She then provides some answers–such as men typically have more experience and log in more hours than women. Also, women tend to work in the lower-wage service sector, while men pick higher wage jobs in management and business. The article also features an interactive chart where you can learn how … Continue Reading

Male/Female Pay Disparities Exist, But for How Much Longer?

The results of a new survey concerning pay disparities among men and women made us cringe. Based on 25 years’ of information collected by the federal government, the study reveals that men who hold a traditional view of a woman’s role in society make more money than men who are egalitarian and more modern thinkers. Although we felt that the results aren’t earth-shattering, we were unhappy to see how large the pay gap is. As reported in the Washington Post, "Men with traditional attitudes about gender roles earned $11,930 more a year than men with egalitarian views and $14,404 … Continue Reading