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Mass. Passes Nation's 'Strongest Equal Pay Law'

It bars employers from asking for applicants' pay history

(Newser) - Massachusetts "just took a big step toward closing the wage gap" with "the strongest equal pay law in the country," as Mother Jones puts it. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Monday ensuring employees can speak openly about their wages, helping to uncover pay gaps, and... More »

Teens Fired After Girl Asks for Equal Pay

Manager claims employees aren't allowed to discuss wages with co-workers

(Newser) - When Jensen Walcott and her good friend, Jake Reed, both got hired at Pizza Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, on the same day, the 17-year-olds were initially excited. Then Reed mentioned to Walcott that he'd be making $8.25 per hour. Walcott would only be making $8 per hour,... More »

Answer to a Whole Nation's Poverty? Its Richest Person

Top billionaire could end poverty in 3 countries, make inroads in others

(Newser) - As the world's richest and most powerful people leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was growing discussion about the impact the world's wealthiest could have, single-handedly, on the poverty rates of entire nations. One analyst at the Brookings Institution crunched some numbers and found that,... More »

Women's Salaries Peak a Decade Earlier Than Men's

Even when men and women work the same jobs, women earn less

(Newser) - Women's earnings continue to rise slightly every five years between the ages of 20 and 40, at which point the median salary peaks at $49,000. From there until retirement 25 years later women's earnings remain flat, while men's salaries continue to grow until into their 50s,... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out: Why I Got Paid Less

Actress addresses the gender wage gap

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence was thrust into the spotlight on the gender pay-gap issue when the Sony hack revealed that she was paid less than her male American Hustle co-stars . Now she's speaking out via Lena Dunham's " Lenny ," in a column headlined, "Why Do I Make Less... More »

Clueless Star, Vieira Get in Awkward Pay Gap Argument

'I'm not saying I'm a victim, I'm pissed off,' says Vieira

(Newser) - Things got a little cringeworthy between Meredith Vieira and Clueless star and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash on The Meredith Vieira Show today, Us reports. Dash, who's previously made it clear that she doesn't think the gender pay gap is an issue , went on the show to discuss... More »

Why Michelle Obama Should Earn a Salary

The White House could take a stronger stand on equal pay: Gregory Krieg

(Newser) - President Obama is paid $400,000 a year to jet around the globe, shake hands, sign legislation, and sprout several new gray hairs . His wife, who will fly to Maryland today for a clinic for war veterans before hosting a poetry event at the White House, doesn't collect a... More »

Harvard Business School Is Bad for America

Robert Reich: It keeps churning out CEOs who boost profits at expense of all else

(Newser) - Decades ago, American CEOs were more like "corporate statesmen," writes Robert Reich at Salon . They looked after their shareholders, of course, but they balanced those interests with those of their workers, their communities, and their nation. Today, not so much. They're more like "corporate butchers,"... More »

Obama Signs Exec Orders to Boost Equal Pay

Twin moves seek to reduce gender pay divide

(Newser) - On National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action to fight the gender wage gap among federal contractors. Today, he signed an executive order requiring the companies to publish their wage data by gender and race, thus pushing them to adhere to laws on equal pay, al Jazeera America... More »

Almost 1 in 3 Bank Tellers Need Public Assistance

And that's costing taxpayers almost $900 million a year

(Newser) - You probably don't think of bank tellers the same way you think about, say, the fast food workers protesting today , but they, too, have ample reason to complain about their wages, a new report suggests. Nearly a third of tellers are on some form of public assistance, according to... More »

Fast Food Strikes Return as Wage Debate Looms

Obama speaks up in favor of minimum wage hike

(Newser) - Fast food workers in 100 cities will walk off the job today, and protesters will show up in 100 more to call for drastically higher wages for the nation's lowest-paid workers. The movement started with a small strike in New York City last year, and has ballooned since, with... More »

Stay-at-Home Mom? Few Can Afford the Choice

EJ Dionne says it's not 'values' driving women to work, it's economics

(Newser) - Lost in the midst of the Ann Romney/Hilary Rosen "mommy war" was a simple truth: Most mothers today simply can't afford to stay home with their kids. "This is not about 'lifestyle' or 'values,'" writes EJ Dionne of the Washington Post . "This... More »

We Still Have a Wage Gap; Now's the Time to Close It

Valerie Jarrett: Paycheck Fairness Act is a good start

(Newser) - The year is 2010, and women still get paid 77¢ cents for every dollar men earn. That's bad enough in and of itself, but when you consider that women are now the sole breadwinners for two-thirds of families, "equal pay is not only a matter of principle," writes... More »

Young, Single Women Out-Earn Men

But gender gap remains overall

(Newser) - Finally, some good news for women when it comes to the gender gap. A new study shows that in many of the biggest US cities, women are out-earning men by a median of 8%. In Atlanta and Memphis, the difference shoots all the way up to 20%. One researcher attributes... More »

Public Employees Enjoy 12% Higher Pay Than Private

(Newser) - Private sector workers would need to put in an extra month and a half of work time in order to receive the same annual compensation as their counterparts on the federal payroll, according to data from a Bureau of Labor Statistics study. Accounting for educational level, experience. race, gender, and... More »

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