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January 29 2016

Equal pay: “Simple averages simply aren’t good measure of fairness” [VIDEO]

Red Alert Politics
Hadley Heath

Hadley Heath Manning, Policy Analyst at Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and a contributor to Red Alert Politics, joined Charles Payne on Fox Business to discuss President Obama’s new plan to force employers to give the federal government data on salaries based on gender.

She points out that this data will only create more confusion about the so-called pay gap:

“Unfortunately this is most likely going to create more confusion about the way men and women are paid and create more useless information like the national wage gap statistic, which shows a disparity where women make 79c on the dollar compared to men. But, importantly, this statistic is a simple average. It doesn’t take into account the different professions that men and women enter, the number of hours per week they work, the number of years of experience or education they have. So, if we’re going to collect data like this from large companies, it’s going to be a simple average. It’s not going to be useful where we can compare case by case discrimination.”

“We know that across the economy women are more likely to make tradeoffs where they except lower pay in order to get some of those benefits that you mentioned. Flexibility, in terms of their work schedule, the ability to take paid time off or work from home, and those are many benefits that women enjoy and celebrate. So we shouldn’t limit the opportunities of women by over-standardizing the way that men and women are paid. We all want women and men to be treated fairly, but simple averages simply aren’t good measure of fairness.”

The segment gets better, as she reminds viewers a real example of an average:

“Certainly, Secretary Clinton, who is also a former Senator, can understand that sometimes on average men make more money that women. That was the case in her office when she was a US Senator.

Are liberal feminists in the Obama administration willing to go after Hillary Clinton and other Democrats on the Hill who have a pay gap?

The fact is, employees who feel they have been discriminated against based on gender already have a legal recourse:

Remember, sex discrimination in the workplace has been illegal since the mid-1960s because of the 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Equal Rights Act. So there’s already opportunities for women to bring cases against employers who are discriminating. That would be a better use of our government resources.”

Watch the full clip here:

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