IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress returns from recess next week and Senate Democrats ratchet up their fight for Paycheck Fairness Act, we are faced with the latest heated debate concerning women. The latest buzz over equal pay and bringing an end to the "wage gap" has presented Democratic Senators with an opportunity to court women voters. However the Washington Free Beacon finds that a "substantial gender pay gap" is prevalent on Capitol Hill — inside the very offices of those leading Democratic voices who are advocating the PFA legislation.
This comes on the heels of a similar scandal in April at the White House where reports revealed female employees inside the White House earn about 18 percent less than the average male.
What does all of this mean in regards to the compensation debate?
Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director of Independent Women's Forum, said:
"Democrats, who frame the issue as a "War on Women," should be embarrassed by this story not only because it hints at possible sexism, but also because it reveals the absurdity of the debate over the "wage gap" and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
"These “raw” salaries tell us nothing about the qualifications, educational background, or work-life preferences of any of these individuals. Maybe now Democrats will realize that the pay gap between men and women has more to do with freedom and choices than widespread discrimination.
"Lets hope they will stop the political posturing and accept the fact that the Paycheck Fairness Act will not create equal pay on Main Street nor on Capitol Hill. Laws like this will simply make it more difficult for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience. It will reduce flexibility in the workplace, make it easier to file frivolous lawsuits, and make it more expensive to employ women."
For more information check out:
FACT SHEET | Paycheck Fairness Act
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