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Pay disparities getting smaller but still problematic

by | Apr 1, 2019 | Workplace Discrimination |

In San Francisco, California, women in the tech sector make about 6 percent less than men who perform similar jobs. This was according to data compiled by a recruiting firm called Hired. Nationally, women in the technology sector made 3 percent less than men. Where a woman worked was not the only variable that impacted the pay gap she may experience. Those who worked in Boston had a 9 percent pay gap, and that figure had not changed in the past year.

The good news is that steps were being taken to ensure that women were getting paid on par with their male counterparts. Companies were talking to more female candidates, and those candidates were getting better at asking for salaries that were on par with what their market value was. Employers were making it easier for women to learn how much they were worth by making pay information more accessible.

That was part of the reason why the national tech sector pay gap was at 3 percent as opposed to 4 percent in 2018. Furthermore, many localities throughout the country had reduced their own wage gaps as well. Making salary information available may help women of color, who tend to have the largest gaps between themselves and what white males make.

Individuals who experience employment discrimination may be entitled to compensation from their employers. Employers may also be required to take other steps to ensure that other employees are not discriminated against in the future. Evidence of discrimination may include pay information that shows men getting paid more than women for similar jobs. An attorney may help to acquire evidence or organize evidence that an individual has already collected. This may make it possible to obtain a favorable outcome in the matter.