Friday, May 25, 2012

Senator Murray pays female staff less

There ought to be a law. Senator Murray pays her male staffers $21,000 more on average than the females. Is this discrimination?

So Senator Patty is proposing a law. She and four other female senators announced the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act. Free Beacon It would facilitate large punitive damage claims in discrimination suits and is up for a vote following the Memorial Day recess.

But there already is a law. Obama is very proud of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. He brags that it was the first bill he signed. Weekly Standard

Despite the Lilly Law: Free Beacon
Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a “war a women,” is one of the worst offenders. Female members of Murray’s staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011, a difference of 35.2 percent. 
That is well above the 23 percent gap that Democrats claim exists between male and female workers nationwide. The figure is based on a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report, and is technically accurate. 
A significant “gender gap” exists in Senator Feinstein’s office, where women also made about $21,000 less than men in 2011, but the percentage difference—41 percent—was even higher than Murray’s. 
Senator Boxer’s female staffers made about $5,000 less, a difference of 7.3 percent.
The Free Beacon used publicly available salary data from the transparency website Legistorm to calculate the figures, and considered only current full-time staff members who were employed for the entirety of fiscal year 2011.
However, as CNN’s Lisa Sylvester has reported, when factors such as area of employment, hours of work, and time in the workplace are taken into account, the gap shrinks to about 5 percent.
But Murray doesn't claim this smaller gap when she is complaining about women being discriminated against.

Why does she pay her female employees less? Did the Senate exclude itself from the Lilly Ledbetter law?

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