The state of California has just passed the California Fair Pay Act. This new law forbids companies from paying women at a lower rate than males are paid. From now on, women must be paid “substantially similar pay for substantially similar work.” This is definitely a long time coming and makes perfect sense. However, there are also some problems yet to be solved:
1. Seniority. Those around a longer time get higher pay.
2. People already locked into a salary structure that is higher than those for women will still be ahead of the parade.
3. Of course, there is the constant problem that the bosses make so much more there is less and less for those at the bottom.
4. I await court case which allow judges to decide: “substantially similar work.”