comparable worth


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comparable worth

n.
The theory that compensation for jobs filled chiefly by women should be the same as those filled chiefly by men if the jobs, regardless of how different they may be, have equal socioeconomic value.

com′parable worth′


n.
the concept that a woman's and man's pay should be equal for comparable jobs.
[1980–85]
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Many of the female-dominated public occupations that gain from comparable worth have relatively low public/private relative wages before comparable worth.
We will ascertain the value of what was insured and provide you with a replacement of comparable worth."
New findings concerning Gender Based Pay Equity Research through the lens Comparable Worth and Occupational Mobility are covered extensively in Human Capital Metrics, Analytics and Data Mining Chapters.
The comparable worth campaign for example, which reached its zenith in the 1980s, was led in part by public sector unions who brought the argument for pay equity all the way up to the Supreme Court and won a partial (albeit short-lived) victory.
Turk demonstrates how the legal process established working definitions of previously fluid terms such as "comparable worth" and "sexual harassment." In 1980, Winn Newman, chief counsel for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), pushed the concept of comparable worth into the courtroom when he charged the state of Washington with setting discriminatory pay policies based on sex.
Canada has been called a world leader in comparable worth, having the "most extensive pay-equity legislation in the world." (4) However, as Table 1 shows, in Canada as a whole over the past decade the trend in the female-male earnings ratio has risen only slightly, from 62.8% in 2002 to 66.7% in 2011, with a jump up to 68.6% in 2009.
In addition, the author talks about comparable worth and ways to ameliorate income inequality in modern day life.
It states that a woman and a man employed by the same employer in the same place of work are entitled to an equal wage for the same work, or for essentially the same work, or for work of comparable worth. The law relates to wages and any other remuneration of the employee for this work (benefits, supplements, grants, bonuses, reimbursement of expenses, etc.
ERIC Descriptors: Gender Differences; Gender Discrimination; Comparable Worth; Salary Wage Differentials; Demography; Change Strategies; Work Environment; Educational Resources; Information Sources; Ethnicity; Racial Differences; Age Differences; Educational Attainment; Occupations; Government Role; Institutional Role; Staff Role; Grievance Procedures; Employment Practices; Females
The O'Neills make a similar point with regard to a new frontier of affirmative action, that of "comparable worth." Congressional Democrats introduced the "Paycheck Fairness Act," which would require firms to raise the wage of female-dominated jobs.
In March 1998, the legislature in West Virginia commissioned a comparable worth study.