It would seem that Nancy Pelosi wants to fix the pay gap “problem”
On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke about the alleged “wage gap” while delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the “Paycheck Fairness Act.”
“Now, we’re proud to pass this bill before “Equal Pay Day,” which is on April 2, next week … which symbolizes when women’s wages catch up to a man’s earnings from the previous year. So, in other words, for the first three months of the year, most women are working for free compared to what a man will make in the overall year…”
CNBC reports that the bill would force companies to justify to the Department of Labor any disparities between salaries paid to male and female employees.
Of course, around these parts, we all know the real story. A whole host of legitimate factors often work together to make women’s pay less, be it less seniority, desire for less or more convenient hours, etc. Apparently, reality doesn’t matter to these people.
Fortunately this bill doesn’t have a chance to become law at this time, as the Senate and President are in the way. But what if it did become law? How might things play out?
Employers would be under the gun to publish statistics that show no disparity. If one does not want to fake the statistics, then one needs to make sure that there isn’t a disparity. This is not looking good, is it? Women with less seniority/skills/experience would be paid more than perviously; they might receive what is effectively free overtime, and so on. Basically, any way to boost their pay artificially for the sake of stats will happen.
How might the fellas react to all of this? Probably not well. Already, women get lots of goodies at the workplace, now there is more. A natural reaction is to withdraw, work less, engage less; go home and do your own thing irrespective of the BS at work.
If one wants to add to the disincentives for men to work hard, it is difficult to imagine how this scheme could be improved upon.