gender pay gap

Gender Pay Gap Magnified During Coronavirus Job Cuts

May 22, 2020
Woman working on a laptap computer
Tolu Bamwo / Nappy

This episode originally aired on May 20, 2020.

In April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a first, unemployment numbers for women hit double digits.

Women make up two-thirds of part-time workers and the majority of the low-wage workforce. For women of color, the news is even grimmer.

Gender Pay Gap Magnified During Coronavirus Job Cuts

May 20, 2020
Woman working on a laptap computer
Tolu Bamwo / Nappy

In April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a first, unemployment numbers for women hit double digits.

Women make up two-thirds of part-time workers and the majority of the low-wage workforce. For women of color, the news is even grimmer.

U.S. women would have to work an extra 47 days each year to earn as much as men do, says Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

"Because U.S. women earn 82 percent of what men earn," she told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

There's a lot happening on the pay equity front.

Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET

The U.S. women's soccer team has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, accusing it of gender discrimination.

The complaint, filed Friday in California district court, argues that U.S. Soccer "has a policy and practice of discriminating" against members of the women's national team on the basis of gender, by paying them less than similarly situated members of the men's team.

Democrats officially took control of the House of Representatives one month ago with a promise of moving quickly on a fresh agenda centered on protecting health care and making Washington work better.

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe has filed a lawsuit against the orchestra, claiming that she is making substantially less each year than her closest peer — a man.

How much did you make in your previous job?

This dreaded interview question can sound like a trap. Your answer could be used to set your salary below someone else who is doing the same job.

And, critics say, the question can be used by employers to discriminate against women and minorities who earn less.

Employers can't pay women less than men just because they made less at a previous job, a federal appeals court has ruled. The continuing gender pay gap is "an embarrassing reality of our economy," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its opinion.

The court said a woman's prior salary, whether considered on its own or along with other factors, can't be used to justify paying a female employee less than her male counterpart. To do so perpetuates discrimination, the court's majority opinion said.

Lilly Ledbetter and the Gender Pay Gap

Mar 23, 2018
JOYCE BOGHOSIAN / OBAMA WHITE HOUSE ARCHIVES

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was enacted in 2009 to provide additional protections for workers who believe they are being discriminatorily underpaid. Despite the changes the law made, the issue of gender pay equality has remained a persistent problem in the United States.

Join us today as we look at how the act came about and the current state of gender pay equity.

Lilly Ledbetter and the Gender Pay Gap

Mar 1, 2018
Joyce Boghosian / Obama White House Archives

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was enacted in 2009 to provide additional protections for workers who believe they are being discriminatorily underpaid. Despite the changes the law made, the issue of gender pay equality has remained a persistent problem in the United States.

Join us today as we look at how the act came about and the current state of gender pay equity.