Oh lord - how assumptions can raise so much hell.
Male (probably "white", whatever THAT means)
Age at time of appointment to "supervisor" position: 30
Time in Position: 25 years
Weekly Salary (arbitrarily assumed at $1000 to make the
Annual Performance Evalution: Good
Female (again, probably "white")
Age at time of appointment to "supervisor" position - in
the same company as Employee A and doing the same job
- on a different shift - which doesn't have "grave yard shift"
salary adjustments for working in the middle of the night.
Time in Position: 25 years
Weekly Salary ( LESS THAN Employee A - say 79% less, for
Five years into the two Employee's careers, Employee B discovers
she's making $210 less a week than Employee A, yet is doing the
same job according to their job descriptions. She takes this
inequity up with her supervisor. Nothing is done. She takes the
matter up with "personell" - nothing is done.
Eight years into her career she begins legal proceedings - claim
gender discrimination. The case drags out for several years
before a jury awards her back pay and compensation for the
descrimination. The case is appealed and several years later
a higher court upholds the lower court ruling. The case is appealed
to the US Supreme Court and is finally heard - let's say five years
The US Supreme Court rules that since she did not initiate legal
action within 6 months of the initiation of the descrimination,
BEFORE she discovered, or could reasonably been able to discover,
she WAS being descriminated against -the US Supreme Court
rules AGAINST her, throwing out the lower court rulings.
This was not a case of Employee A being On The Job - FULL TIME -
year after year - for 25 years vs Employee B who worked a year,
took five years off to have and get a good start on raising a child
then returning to work. Same jobs, same responsibilities, same
years with the same company.
Can you explain why a male dominated job - say a house painter,
should make a higher hourly wage than a female dominated job
like reference librarian - which requires a college degree, deals
with the public and has more responsibilities and requires more
knowledge and skills than a painter?
And when it comes to having to take time off to care for a sick
child, or having to leave early from work because the babysitter
didn't show up, or the friend who was picking up your child from
daycare had a car problem - that ain't a male vs female thing.
I was a single father and I had those things to deal with too.
I was blessed with a job that required brain work - that could be
done anywhere, at any time - and a boss who understood that.
As long as I got my assignments done - on time, complete and
accurate - my employer got their money's worth and I got to
be a good father, or try to be.
So please - don't give me the "cause they want to have babies"
excuse for taking advantage of someone because of their
And if you want a 24-7 job, with little if any monetary reward,
nor much recognition for doing a good job - try being "The Mom",
regardless of your gender. And if you can't understand why
anyone would volunteer for that job - well I'm guessing you
never will understand - and I've been wasting my time.
rant mode off