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house Bill H.R. 7

Should it be Easier for Employees to Sue for Gender-Based Wage Discrimination Unless Differences Relate to Education, Training, or Experience?

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Women should receive equal pay for equal work, but in too many cases they get paid significantly less than their male peers do in the same role. The federal government needs to crack down on employers who pay women less, and this bill would make it easier for employees to sue employers after alleging gender-based wage discrimination.

jimK's Opinion
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04/15/2021
ERA, Get it ratified. Make it a priority. Make a concerted effort to oust the retro State legislatures that have not yet ratified it.
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Hillary's Opinion
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04/15/2021
Equal pay for equal work. I'm so sick of men being paid more for the same damn job!
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Sharon's Opinion
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04/15/2021
Say the Republicans: The Democrats are insane, very bad people, and destroyers of our democracy (We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic modeled after the Roman government). “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday argued that some Democrats' efforts to pack the Supreme Court is a "hostage-taking" move aimed to ensure there is a "sword dangling" over the justices as they weigh how they will rule in future cases. [Which the Republican party with McConnell’s acolytes has been working toward on the Supreme Court - does denying Merrick a fair and complete process as nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s sham investigation, and Amy Coney Barrett’s rammed confirmation with nominee Judicial Committee procedures and rules “waived” by Lindsay Graham ring a bell?]” The harsh comments from McConnell, R-Ky., came less than an hour before a group of House and Senate Democrats were set to unveil a new bill aimed at packing the court — increasing the number of justices from nine to 13. "It's not just about whether this insane bill becomes law," McConnell said. "Part of the point here are the threats themselves. The left wants a sword dangling over the justices when they weigh the facts in every case." https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-court-packing-threats-coerce-favorable-rulings Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Thursday criticized Democrats’ plans to unveil new legislation that would expand the Supreme Court from nine justices to 13, calling the bill “delusional.” “Imagine if we reduced the number from nine to five and just kept the Republicans. You guys would go crazy,” Jordan added, according to the Washington Times. [Yet, this is what the Republicans have been working toward since the younger Bush presidency] During an appearance on Fox Business’s Varney & Co. on Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said Democrats’ objective is “to put four left-wing radicals on the Supreme Court to destroy the checks and balances” and “to destroy the independence of the judiciary.” [Now which party is it that has been pandering to evangelical and farther right Christians, allowed companies to deny medical care and service because of their religious beliefs, worked to tilt the judiciary in their favor at all court levels? Oh, right. The Republican party! And which president placed political toadies at the head of the Department of Justice and as Attorney General? Why, that was Trump without any criticism from Republicans in Congress!] https://www.nationalreview.com/news/sasse-democrats-new-court-packing-bill-is-delusional/
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Argument opposed

There are plenty of reasons that one employee might make more money than another — including education, experience, and training. Wage disparities are often the result of differences in people’s abilities, not gender discrimination, and handicapping employers’ abilities to pay people based on their experiences and education would hurt businesses.

B.R.'s Opinion
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04/15/2021
This bill is nothing more than posturing by the Democrats to serve their base. But if their base only read it, they would know there is nothing new or different that will change anything. What is being proposed is already covered by law, i.e., the Equal Pay Act. This bill was just proposed a few days ago and was re-written. Just because you are now using words such as bona fide factors is not fooling anyone. All you need to do is read the demonstrated criteria defenses that can be used and you would understand. Wake up Democrat voters..... You need to start reading rather than just blindly supporting a topic that looks good.
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Carina's Opinion
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04/15/2021
No, because many institutions are already paying both genders equally. There are usually entry-level positions that have a set base salary with the possible increase contingent with job performance. Neither gender or race should influence the salary rate. That is racism and discrimination. Positions that are not entry level and requires intensive training like that of a airline pilot must require precise skill and paid accordingly. Race and gender should not take precedence over skill where a pilot takes hundreds of people into the air. The goal is and always should be to get passengers from Point A to Point B. Anything else is totally unacceptable. I want to know I can trust that a competent and skilled pilot is flying the plane and not someone that has been chosen because of gender or race. The goal is to arrive alive and anything less is unacceptable. The same goes for a surgeon.
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04/15/2021
Men and women are paid for the same job if they do as well. I’d say in engineering school, maybe 15% are women. So if you look at women and men as a whole without taking into account their professions, then yes men typically make more but if you look at female and male engineers for instance - they pretty much make the same amount of money or the more experienced/better engineer makes more money. Who in their right mind in 2021 would underpay women? No one, we love women.
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    ERA, Get it ratified. Make it a priority. Make a concerted effort to oust the retro State legislatures that have not yet ratified it.
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    This bill is nothing more than posturing by the Democrats to serve their base. But if their base only read it, they would know there is nothing new or different that will change anything. What is being proposed is already covered by law, i.e., the Equal Pay Act. This bill was just proposed a few days ago and was re-written. Just because you are now using words such as bona fide factors is not fooling anyone. All you need to do is read the demonstrated criteria defenses that can be used and you would understand. Wake up Democrat voters..... You need to start reading rather than just blindly supporting a topic that looks good.
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    Equal pay for equal work. I'm so sick of men being paid more for the same damn job!
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    Just pass the ERA!!!
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    Employers should be required to quantify pay, benefits & promotions based on education, training and experience which should clearly be defined in job descriptions. Have trained too many men that would not even be in the field as they didn’t have the required background to watch them be promoted based on their “personal history & relationships” with decision makers.
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    Say the Republicans: The Democrats are insane, very bad people, and destroyers of our democracy (We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic modeled after the Roman government). “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday argued that some Democrats' efforts to pack the Supreme Court is a "hostage-taking" move aimed to ensure there is a "sword dangling" over the justices as they weigh how they will rule in future cases. [Which the Republican party with McConnell’s acolytes has been working toward on the Supreme Court - does denying Merrick a fair and complete process as nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s sham investigation, and Amy Coney Barrett’s rammed confirmation with nominee Judicial Committee procedures and rules “waived” by Lindsay Graham ring a bell?]” The harsh comments from McConnell, R-Ky., came less than an hour before a group of House and Senate Democrats were set to unveil a new bill aimed at packing the court — increasing the number of justices from nine to 13. "It's not just about whether this insane bill becomes law," McConnell said. "Part of the point here are the threats themselves. The left wants a sword dangling over the justices when they weigh the facts in every case." https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-court-packing-threats-coerce-favorable-rulings Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Thursday criticized Democrats’ plans to unveil new legislation that would expand the Supreme Court from nine justices to 13, calling the bill “delusional.” “Imagine if we reduced the number from nine to five and just kept the Republicans. You guys would go crazy,” Jordan added, according to the Washington Times. [Yet, this is what the Republicans have been working toward since the younger Bush presidency] During an appearance on Fox Business’s Varney & Co. on Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said Democrats’ objective is “to put four left-wing radicals on the Supreme Court to destroy the checks and balances” and “to destroy the independence of the judiciary.” [Now which party is it that has been pandering to evangelical and farther right Christians, allowed companies to deny medical care and service because of their religious beliefs, worked to tilt the judiciary in their favor at all court levels? Oh, right. The Republican party! And which president placed political toadies at the head of the Department of Justice and as Attorney General? Why, that was Trump without any criticism from Republicans in Congress!] https://www.nationalreview.com/news/sasse-democrats-new-court-packing-bill-is-delusional/
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    I agree that the ERA should be passed. At best H. R. 7 might help some female executives break some glass ceilings going forward. The problem, as always with lawsuits, is when Deep Pockets Flush with cash and a line of credit valued at 100's of thousands of dollars oppose a Skinny Wallet with few spare bucks, an ATM Card and Two Tapped Out Credit Cards with high-interest rates, Deep Pockets will most often win. Most likely, this will become a cottage industry for the lawyers of already wealthy plaintiffs probably not underpaid by much and another corporate law specialty hired by firms run by neanderthals. Question: How do we help the hundreds of thousands of working and middle class women already discriminated against? I am sure that there will be ten thousand excuses.
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    No, because many institutions are already paying both genders equally. There are usually entry-level positions that have a set base salary with the possible increase contingent with job performance. Neither gender or race should influence the salary rate. That is racism and discrimination. Positions that are not entry level and requires intensive training like that of a airline pilot must require precise skill and paid accordingly. Race and gender should not take precedence over skill where a pilot takes hundreds of people into the air. The goal is and always should be to get passengers from Point A to Point B. Anything else is totally unacceptable. I want to know I can trust that a competent and skilled pilot is flying the plane and not someone that has been chosen because of gender or race. The goal is to arrive alive and anything less is unacceptable. The same goes for a surgeon.
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    Men and women are paid for the same job if they do as well. I’d say in engineering school, maybe 15% are women. So if you look at women and men as a whole without taking into account their professions, then yes men typically make more but if you look at female and male engineers for instance - they pretty much make the same amount of money or the more experienced/better engineer makes more money. Who in their right mind in 2021 would underpay women? No one, we love women.
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    It's about time that we have gender equality in pay, benefits, and roles. If that means more lawsuits from employers, then I'm fine with that. Women should not face lower wages because they might have children, that's discriminatory.
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    Absolutely! Otherwise there is some lame excuse to discriminate against someone.
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    Yes. Next question. I have worked with and “under” women my entire professional life. Men need to get the hell out of the way and let them take over. It’s time for a matriarchal revolution.
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    Ratify the ERA! Yes, it should be very easy to sue employers who pay women of similar experience, education and job performance less than men. It’s not right.
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    I totally agree women should get equal fir equal work, especially when qualifications are equal. But we all know suing only make lawyers rich. Because companies always have the upper hand with multiple attorneys. I never worked in an atmosphere where women did not get equal pay as men, but we were union. Yes we have three girls. One works for a large corporation and gets good pay and is treated fair. Second is a high school teacher, spent lots of money on her education (Masters degree) and makes less that our trash truck driver. That is the major shaft, when superintendent makes over $300 K. Third is in her own business and doing okay. So i do understand. But until major corporations stop having their hand in our Congresses pockets, nothing will change.
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    Jamie Dimon says 'American dream is fraying' You and your fellow bankers, corporates created & cultivated this divide and continue to do so! It didn’t just happen overnight? Voter suppression, income inequality, gender inequality, gender bias, minority bias, taxation bias & preferences, support of white supremacy, funding radical politicians, manufacturing exit, empowering china, supporting despots in central america and resultant destabilization etc collectively and cumulatively got us here! Now you don’t know how to unwind this and that too in an instant because the noose around america’s and democracy’s neck is tightening coupled with the loss of world standing and now accelerated job erosion through automation When capitalism and the consuming middle class recedes who are you going to serve? Instead of wringing your hands and constantly decrying the situation put your money where your mouth is! You have seen this coming over a decade! You and your ilk have no excuses left!
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    I keep saying this but PLEASE go back and study OUR history and the history of the WORLD. Women have always worked and not just the mundane jobs men suggest. We have always been doctors, scientists, explorers, and every other field you can think of. Women helped us to reach the moon, six of which were BLACK women. We are ALL more than the sum total of our parts. Your Penis, your WHITE PENIS does not make you smarter than I am because I do NOT have a penis. The color of my skin, the language I speak, or my Religion or the lack thereof does NOT make me better or worse.
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    The federal government should stay out of the states governing themselves. The states should determine the best laws for the people of that state and that’s where the law should start, then if a federal law is needed the federal government can take up that law. The more the states turn over their responsibility tho govern their residents the more powerful the federal government becomes. That is what is happening now, people from New York, California ( the northeast and west coast) are governing the entire US. Think about that the next time you think isn’t great to have the federal govt step in and tell the states what laws they need to enact.
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    How about these asshole employers STOP making it against policy and a terminating offense to discuss salaries among co-workers. That’s the dirty little secret that was present at every job I ever worked outside of fast-food when I was in high school. It’s bullshit! It’s also a way for employers to avoid union formation. Otherwise EVERY conflict regarding salaries is a corporate gotcha. And it’s insulting and condescending! Also, ratify the ERA you numbskulls!
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    Yes. There is no doubt. The deck is stacked against women employees. Of course, this is just a tiny first step. Equal pay for equal work must include everyone! Women, African-Americans, Latinx, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Indigenous People.
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    It’s already illegal and EPA already has mechanisms in place if there is gender discrimination. Sounds like it will be more work for EEOC and businesses in data collection. Otherwise there’s already processes in place to combat this. Anyway this problem isn’t as prevalent that everyone thinks it is. I’m sure there are some cases but studies have shown numerous times when comparing males and females in the same line of work that the differences in earnings was due to personal life choices. And there’s studies that women actually make 8% more than men when comparing childless women in urban areas. There’s updated research... Not sure why the left continues to say 80 cents to $1 and that’s what continues to be the narrative. https://fee.org/articles/harvard-study-gender-pay-gap-explained-entirely-by-work-choices-of-men-and-women/
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