Fair Pay and the Workplace

Fair Pay and the Workplace

Although the Equal Pay Act has been on the books since 1963, court decisions over the years have weakened the law, and a culture of secrecy around salaries is still the norm in most workplaces. We explore the complex issues around pay equity.

Last week was "Equal Pay Day," sparking political debate over pay fairness. President Obama signed an executive order around transparency for federal contractors, and Democrats introduced a bill aimed at pay equity. Although the Equal Pay Act has been on the books since 1963, court decisions over the years have revealed loopholes in the law, and a culture of secrecy around salaries is still the norm in most workplaces. Some employers even forbid discussion of pay, although legally, employees have a right to discuss salaries. We explore the complex issues around pay equity.

Guests

Howard Ross

Author, "Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance" (Rowman & Littlefield); also Principal, Cook Ross

Emily Martin

Vice President and General Counsel, National Women's Law Center

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