We’ve come a long way when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, right? Not according to the findings in this report.
In 2009, women employees earned around 75% of what their male counterparts did.
That stat comes from a recent report titled, “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.” The report was put together by the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce.
One contributing factor to the difference is probably the “motherhood gap.” Women who exit and reenter the workforce tend to experience wage losses of around 3% for each year of their absence.
Regardless of the reasons for the difference, these findings may be enough to push a staffer who believed she was being underpaid to make a formal complaint.
That means now’s probably a good time to review any discrepancies in staffers’ pay and be prepared to defend why they exist with proper documentation.