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    from the Harvard Law Review. This is an article about a Pay Discrimination Roundtable.

    The second panel featured Eileen Boris, the Hull Professor of Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Monica Ramirez, founder of Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative, Bruce Elmslie, a professor of economics at the University of New Hampshire, and Consuela Pinto, Senior Counsel at the Center for WorkLife Law.

    Boris focused on the history of equal pay, weaving it into a narrative of women's history. Boris noted that pay discrimination cannot be understood fully without analyzing its intersections with both race and sex.

    Ramirez discussed the experience of low-wage immigrant women, particularly migrant farmworker women, who regularly receive lower pay and less hours of work than male workers, who are laid off more frequently than male workers, and who receive less lucrative opportunities than male workers. Ramirez explained that farmworker women already were unlikely to file pay discrimination claims prior to Ledbetter for a variety of reasons. She noted that the Ledbetter decision only makes it more difficult for these women to bring complaints.

    Here's a couple of links to anecdotal evidence:

    Contra Costa to pay $35,000 in discrimination case

    GE Settles Sex Discrimination Suit Filed By Former In-House Attorney

    I understand these links provide no hard numbers beyond the 70 cents (or so): $1 ratio. The point is that wage discrimination does exist and this bill was a partial remedy.

    I recognize that some of the wage gap can be attributed to the factors that you identified above. However, I don't believe that the intent of this law was to enforce strict pay equity. Rather, it is intended to help actual victims of pay discrimination (which does happen) get justice.  

    It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.

    by Casual Wednesday on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 08:03:12 PM PST

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