Fair Pay and the Workplace
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.