Ok, got the list? Raise your hand if the number you came up with was zero. Ah, almost all of you. So it should come as no surprise that all of you are paid different amounts, even if the work you do is almost, but not quite, the same.
Ok, now think of the wildly different amounts that you may have paid babysitters. Or if your lawnmower has needed repair more than once, think of the dissimilar amounts that you have paid others to mow your yard. Remember the different prices that you've paid for hamburgers? Dishwashing liquid? Hell, think of the different amounts you have paid for identical, absolutely identical, gallons of gasoline.
It's unfair, isn't it?
The Obama administration wants to end this gross unfairness with something called The Paycheck Fairness Act, also known as REASON NUMBER 5,729 TO DO ALL MANUFACTURING IN CHINA.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is described as follows:
A much needed updated of the 45-year-old Equal Pay Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a comprehensive bill that would create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law, empower women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts. Championed by longtime AAUW friend Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the bill would also deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations and by prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages. Together with the Ledbetter bill, this critical piece of legislation can help create a climate where pay discrimination is not tolerated, and give the new administration the enforcement tools it needs to make real progress on pay equity.In other words, if you've been busting your rear end on the job, don't bother asking for a raise. Because if they give you a raise, they have to give a raise to everyone whose job description is similiar to yours, and it just ain't going to be worth the hassle.
The burden of proof will be on the employer to show that any increase in compensation is NOT due to sex discrimination.
If there's a lawsuit against your employer, the potential for punitive damages will be more or less unlimited.
If there's a lawsuit against your employer, you, as an employee, will automatically be part of any class action lawsuits unless you opt out.
This thing is a feast for lawyers, a feast for federal employees, and a feast for anyone wanting to play the Victim Card. In other words, this bill was written to appeal to Obama's support base.
Anyone who hires anyone within our borders needs his head examined.
And people wonder why the unemployment rate hasn't improved. Barack Obama and Congress would have to study hard for ten years to rise to the level of "Economic Idiots".
End of rant.