Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What's Rightfully Ours?

Racism still exists. Inequalities still exist. Prejudices still exist. Separation of people still exists. Segregation still exists. I get it. I am definitely for change and upgrading. However I am not for standing on what is negative. I mean do we look unto ourselves to improve as oppose to looking at others to seek out what is insufficient?
Michelle Bernard, President of The Independent Women’s Forum stated something interesting Thursday evening on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. The discussion was about the most recent Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
She felt that the new act does nothing for women. While a supporter of the Lily Ledbetter Act states that this act is about equity and women being allowed to seek out justice later for being unequally paid in comparison to their male colleagues. The supporter pointed out how women still today are being unequally paid. Michelle stated that some of the statistics isn’t fair. She did not doubt there is inequality but certain jobs would naturally pay less than others. For example, if a woman chooses to work for a non for profit versus working for a fortune 500 company, then naturally there would be a significant difference in pay. The point Michelle was trying to make was that the bill is still portraying women as helpless and not equal. It is not a good example for our daughters or our sons. She felt that increasing the statute of limitations on women being allowed to sue is opening doors for other types of suits.
I do agree that if women want more they have to go after more. This means gaining more credentials if we want to be competitive. But apparently Lily Ledbetter was a woman who found out years later that she was getting paid less than her male colleagues and she could not sue simply because the statutes of limitations ran out. In certain cases it does seem unfair. Who wouldn’t want to have the right to obtain something that should have been theirs in the first place? However, today, women have more resources and it’s our responsibility to take advantage of what’s in front of us. Do we not fight for what is blatantly unfair? Of course we should fight. Of course we should stand up. But we don’t have to be victims. And we should teach our children, both boys and girls to do the same.

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Comment by deatrice on February 8, 2009 at 1:55pm
Delete Comment I did not see the interview, but of course I believe in equality in pay. If you are doing the same work you should get the same pay. My fustration, when I was working as a software developer, was that certain men were given certain roles and assignments to justify pay increases. You were not prvy to these opportunities so you did not get the promotions and the pay raises they got. This was one tactic used to keep certain groups of people at lower salaries and in certain positions. It is definitely an upward battle. Just as Karen says it is difficult to enforce. But we do need accountability as Julene suggested.
Julene Comment by Julene on February 1, 2009 at 12:52pm
Delete Comment I think it should be public policy to be able to access your company’s information to see how much someone in the same position is getting paid. I do think the specifics should be confidential such as a particular individual’s personal information. But having access to this information about your company should be public. Also it should be on record as to how many employees are holding that specific position so that it isn't a position that was made up by the company. And when filing for taxes, the company should submit that specific data so that it's not just about numbers but also what positions are given those numbers. This information would be passed on to another government agency whose responsibility would be to balance equal pay. That would mean more people the government would have to pay of course. I know it would come out of tax payer dollars. (oh boy) It would be red flagged if one employee with the same title is getting paid different than the other and the company would have to submit more information to validattion. I hope that makes sense to everyone.
Ken Comment by Ken on February 1, 2009 at 10:23am
Delete Comment If people want more, start your own business. Invest your money, work long hours for years and then when some 'equity' politician comes along to tell you how to run your business, what to pay your employees, etc. etc., you can hand the headache over to the employees and quit.
John Monet Comment by John Monet on January 31, 2009 at 10:41pm
Delete Comment I still need more facts to make up my mind on this! like do some of the men have Masters or have they been there longer on the Job! We need all the fact frist on why some men are pay more!
Karen Comment by Karen on January 31, 2009 at 7:37pm
Delete Comment I saw the interview with Michelle and Chris. I watch that show every night. I agree with Michelle that the legistaltion did not really do much for women as a whole. We all agree that a woman with the same education, same experience and the same job duties should be paid the same amount as her male counterpart. But the question is, how do we make that happen? In most companies it is against policy to talk to others about your pay. How do we make sure that the CEO's that run these companies pay each employee based on their skill set and not their sex? How do we legislate that? Untill we can answer those questions, women and minorities will always be paid less.