Pay Gap: ‘It’s Not a Myth; It’s Math’

Every year, Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay gap between men and women — about 23 cents, according to U.S. Census data. In an April 8 event at the White House, President Obama delivered a clear message to gap skeptics: “It’s not a myth; it’s math.” Obama signed an Executive Order barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss compensation. He also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing Secretary Perez to develop rules requiring federal contractors to submit compensation data to the department, including data by sex and race. Both actions will be enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and are designed to help combat pay discrimination, increase transparency, and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws. Perez applauded the announcements, saying, “We are ready to take on these new responsibilities.”

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