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Equal Pay Day and the state of the gender wage gap in 2019

Joseph Patterson | April 2, 2019
Equal Pay Day is when we raise awareness for how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to realize equal pay in the workplace. Equal Pay Day falls on April 2, 2019, representing how late into the year many women need to work to earn what men earned in 2018. For many women of color, Equal Pay Day falls later in the year. Asian American women: March 5, 2019African American women: August 22, 2019Native American women: September 20, 2019Latina women: November 20, 2019In other words, many women must work 15 months to make what many men earned in 12. In observation of the day, TSheets conducted a survey to determine the state of the gender pay gap in America and what some business owners have done (or are willing to do) to improve the situation.  

Employers admit to underpaying based on gender

It might be hard to believe, but even in 2019, men and women employers alike admit to underpaying employees based on gender. Even with a third of employers admitting to discriminatory pay based on gender, the wage gap is closing—slow as it is. Over half of businesses surveyed say they have an equal pay policy in place. And a combined 92% of business owners are taking a proactive approach to equal pay. According to the 2019 TSheets survey, business owners are using a formal pay scale, appointing an equal pay advocate to senior leadership teams, and sharing data regarding pay discrepancies, among other solutions.
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