Essay on Comparable Worth Case Study

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The Comparable Worth Debate March 20, 2012 The Comparable Worth Debate Comparable worth means getting the same amount of pay for jobs of equal value in an organization. This is completely different from the concept of “equal pay” which means that workers who perform the same duties with the same job title get the exact same wages. Comparable worth is a recognized strategy for determining job compensation. If an organization is going to put a specific value on a function, it should also put the same value on other functions that are of equal importance. Comparable worth remains an undeveloped concept. Many court cases have been heard in reference to comparable worth but the suits were unsuccessful as the procedure is not clear. (The…show more content…
The first involved nurses who were employed by the city of Denver. They charged that they were discriminated against due to gender. They showed that they were paid lower wages than parking meter repairers, tree trimmers, and sign painters. Their argument was that the wage differentials did not reflect differences in type or value of work but were due to society’s tendency to pay women less than men for their work. They based their case on the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act. The Equal Pay Act clearly did not apply because the jobs that were being compared were different but the Civil Rights Act did apply because jobs dominated by women were in fact paid less than jobs dominated by men even though the jobs were of comparable worth. (The Law and Compensation and Benefits, 2009) In the second case, Westinghouse Corp. was charged by a union because they had established classes of jobs for wage-setting purposes that discriminated against women. They showed that the company had isolated women’s jobs from men’s and set lower rates for the women. The federal district court found that this practice discriminated against women and ordered that it be stopped. Finally, jail matrons charged that they were discriminated against because they were doing work similar to but not equal to that of prison guards but the wage difference between those two
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