Equal Pay on the Agenda

by Ali Manor

Income parity still lags while the issue is threaded in regulatory discussions

By Hannah Garcia

LAW WEEK COLORADO

Although income parity between men and women is still not a statistical reality in Colorado and beyond, the solution seems hazy to those who ostensibly have authority to shift those numbers.

The call for equal pay has sounded loudly from different political corners of the state this year, resulting in legislative attempts that failed in a Senate kill committee this past session. And in the national arena, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a new rule June 14 in response to a directive from the Obama Administration to tighten up compliance with equal pay laws.

Whether from critics of prospective laws regulating income who argue they lack of utility and necessity or from advocates who vie for requirements to comply with existing regulations, the enduring question seems to be the appropriate approach to ensure women in the workforce are paid comparatively to the analogous males that sit in the same seats.

“My general view is no employer wants to discriminate,” Melissa Hart, a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School with a specialty in employment discrimination, said. “To me that’s where the hard struggle is.”

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