The gender gap in pay between women and men is well documented. Despite continued attention to the problem, the data says there is still a long way to go. In a recent report by the World Economic Forum, it says that it would take one hundred sixty-eight years to even the field at the current rate, as the Boston Globe reports.
That’s clearly a long time, but the good news is that workers who are treated unfairly under employment law have options today. This could mean filing discrimination and sexual harassment reports, as well as claims for other unfair employment practices in hiring, firing, promotion and other elements of the workforce.
3 Startling Numbers
It may feel as though every article in the newspaper today features an article about the #MeToo movement, but there is much more at play under employment law than just sexual harassment.
According to the new report:
- Women earn 60 percent of all undergraduate degrees, yet women fill fewer entry level jobs than men.
- The percentage of women in leading roles at America’s largest countries has decreased, from 32 to 24 percent.
- Women earn, on average, 83 percent of what men earn doing the same job.
One positive takeaway is that the 83 percent figure was only 64 percent in 1980.
A Problem With a Solution
While the gender gap is a very real and very widespread issue, every individual has control over their personal situation. Gender discrimination is illegal under US law, whether it pertains to daily work, hiring, advancement opportunities or loss of employment. Often, discrimination correlates with other unfair practices, such as sexual harassment or retaliation. If you have concerns that your employer is treating you differently because of your gender, it is important to speak up and defend your right to equal treatment. An attorney can help you navigate the EEOC and your workplace situation to help level the playing field.