One of the standout moments at the Oscars was actress Patricia Arquette’s
call for pay equality – calling forequal pay for equal work. While accepting an award, Arquette spoke out, stating
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of
this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,”
she proclaimed. “It is our time to have wage equality once and for
all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”
An important piece of her speech was that she included “every woman
who gave birth” highlighting the wage inequalities facing mothers
The Equal Pay Act is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended
(FLSA), “prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and
women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially
equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.”
The equal pay act was enacted in 1963, however a pay discrepancy still
exists in pay rates for men and women. According to statistics, women
make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes, but woman who are never married
and don’t have kids make 5 percent less than single men.
Recent attempts in the senate to bridge the pay gap have been blocked –
last fall a bill failed that would have prohibited employers from retaliating
against employees for disclosing their wages, and allow workers to sue
over wage discrimination.
For more information, or if you believe that you have been unfairly denied
the pay you rightfully deserve, please contact the top
Atlanta equal pay attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.