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Wage Discrimination: Not Just a Woman’s Issue

The Center for American Progress recently released findings that wage discrimination is a problem faced by a multitude of groups including women, men, workers with disabilities, and older Americans.

A review of unpublished Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data from the last four fiscal years shows that men filed 15 percent of gender-based wage discrimination charges on average.

Most wage discrimination charges are filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including claims of wage discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, and religion.  Other claims are filed under the Equal Pay Act.  Approximately one-fifth of wage discrimination charges allege wage discrimination on the basis of age and a slightly smaller amount on the basis of disability.

As the Center states: “Pay disparities persist across many different groups.  Stereotypes about workers because of their race, age, disability status, or other factors can result in discrimination that devalues their work and results in lower pay.”