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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Today is Equal Pay Day 2020 - and a new national alliance

Today is Equal Pay Day 2020. It happens every year on the day that women begin earning like men - such that if the gap is about 80 cents the dollar, women on average de facto work for three month for free until they catch up in April. 

I am honored to be a founding member of the Fair Pay Workplace Alliance. We launched the 1st meeting today with an amazing group of founders - academics Chai Feldblum, Florencia Marotta Wurgler, Zev Eigen, and industry leaders including Nordstrom, Sales Force, Adobe, NerdWallet, Vimeo and the National Women’s Law Center. The Zoom meeting and the initiative gave me hope that we are moving toward eliminating the gender and race pay gaps - though so much work ahead!

I have a forthcoming article about important reforms underway - Knowledge Pays: Reversing Information Flows and the Future of Pay Equity, Columbia Law Review 2020. One of the most significant initiatives I discuss in the paper, collecting nationwide data annually on pay equity was halted by the OMB but recently a federal judge ruled to reinstate the data collection. Chai Feldblum, while she was at the EEOC was involved in passing this reform which holds promise.

Posted by Orly Lobel on March 31, 2020 at 05:42 PM | Permalink

Comments

Since fast food workers earn less than doctors you might as well say fast food workers work for free most of the year.

Posted by: Jr | Apr 1, 2020 4:46:11 AM

Gotta get those SSRN downloads, amirite?

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Mar 31, 2020 9:38:31 PM

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