Gender Pay Inequity

(Note the word count and the point value for this assignment)

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. This was one year before the Civil Rights Act was enacted.

The purpose of the Equal Pay Act was to insure that men and women doing equal work would receive the same pay.

However, even today the issue of inequality in pay between male and female workers remains a topic of discussion and litigation.

Included in this week’s Power Points are two slides that address the new EEOC reporting requirements concerning gender pay equity.

The first slide describes the objective of the proposed change.

The second slide is a copy of the new EEO-1 form that the EEOC will require submission from firms employing over 100 workers.

Also included in this week’s assignment block is a link to an article by Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post. Mr. Samuelson has made some observations about the issue of gender pay inequity in the United States.

The assignment:

Review the Power Points and the Samuelson article

Conduct your own research into the topic of gender pay inequity. Focus your research on hard data – facts, numbers, statistics, etc.

Address the following questions in your narrative:

Provide a brief overview of the current state of gender pay inequity in the United States

Include:

How significant is the gender pay gap in this country?

Has progress been made in eliminating this gap?

How much progress has been made?

How has this progress been measured?

Is progress still needed in this area? If so, what actions should be taken?

What impact will the new EEO-1 form have on the issue of pay inequity?

Explain

Provide your opinion on what (if any) impact the Samuelson column had on your perspective on this issue.

Let your conclusions and your opinions be driven by analytical data.

Do not base your conclusions on social issues or anecdotal evidence.

Research and list at least three sources.

Submit your response in paragraph form.

Your submission should be between 400 and 500 words.

See the course syllabus for grading criteria.

Be sure to write in a formal and professional manner. Write in paragraph form. Do not write in an outline or bullet point format.

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