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Professor Hernández Calls for Legal Mandate on Wage Transparency

Submitted by on April 9 – 2013No Comment

Professor Tanya Hernández wrote an op-ed for the New York Times last week about wage discrimination in response to the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is pending before Congress. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update the Equal Pay Act in a variety of ways, such as prohibiting employers from punishing employees who share their salary information with one another.

But Hernández says the Paycheck Fairness Act doesn’t go far enough. Instead, she argues that a legal mandate for employer wage transparency is necessary.

In a society that still views the discussion of salary details as taboo and “impolite,” women will remain impeded if they try to access concrete salary information… Publishing an annual list of salary ranges that correspond to relative job positions would more effectively empower the legal system to ferret out wage discrimination.

Hernández also argued that companies engaging in complete salary transparency have found that this practice fosters trust and productivity rather than create any dissatisfaction.

In short, pursuing equality in the workplace benefits employers and employees alike. Our laws should be reformed to enhance that pursuit rather than hinder it.

Read Hernández’s op-ed in the New York Times

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