Michigan Lawmakers Debate Pay Equity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan Democrats again are sponsoring legislation supporters say would strengthen pay equity laws and fight wage discrimination against women.

Lawmakers in the state Legislature announced the reintroduction of their plan Tuesday to coincide with National Equal Pay Day.

The bills would make gender-based pay discrimination a misdemeanor with non-complying employers facing up to 90 days in jail or fines of up to $2,000. Penalties would stiffen with further violations.

Some similar bills passed the Democrat-led House in recent years but died in the Republican-led Senate.

The latest U.S. Census figures estimate that on average nationwide a woman employed full-time and year-round earns about 78 cents for every $1 earned by a man.

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  • by anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    that's not necessarily true, it depends on the job
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    What about the huge pay difference between administration, management, and the workers? Why should administration and management be earning huge salaries (and benefits) while paying their workers on the floor minimum wages (and NO benefits)? This is the pay inequity that really must be addressed. All of us are human; we all want, and deserve a decent life.
  • by Andrea Location: Charlotte on Apr 28, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    You will see Walmart back in court you just watch!! Repsonse to Anonymous statement about senority. If that woman has more qualifications for the job, she should make more not less. Senority has a habit of saving jobs for screwups instead of giving them to better qualified workers.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    Now do the statistic of new hires and you will see the difference to be closer. It is a matter of seniority when it comes to some things. A man working at a job for five years will earn more than a woman working at a job for two.
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