Comparable Worth

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Introduction: The debate in this study is that of whether or not to use comparable worth as the basis for future pay adjustments. Comparable worth, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the concept that women and men should receive equal pay for jobs calling for comparable skill and responsibility or that is of comparable worth to the employer. To further expand on this, the term comparable worth describes the idea that gender biased jobs should be reanalyzed to determine their worth to an employer. In theory, the goal of comparable worth is to raise wages for traditionally female-biased jobs to the level of those for comparable male-biased jobs. Comparable worth should not be confused with equal pay for equal work. Comparable worth…show more content…
Therefore, different job evaluation systems and different job evaluators are likely to assign different rankings to the same set of occupations. Recommendations: After careful consideration of the relevant facts of this case, my recommendation would be to deny the request of future wage adjustments based upon comparable worth. This recommendation is being made in light of several key factors. The first factor is that under comparable worth, employers would be required to set wages to reflect differences in the worth of jobs, with worth largely determined by job evaluation studies, not by market forces. This sounds good in theory, however, it will put the organization at a distinct disadvantage. According to Ann Barres, “The size of a worker’s paycheck would be unrelated to supply/demand conditions in the labor market.” Therefore comparative worth could artificially inflate wages in some jobs and thereby attracting more people than the market could absorb. Any radical restructuring of pay scales would place an unfair burden on employers by raising their costs, and would unfairly impinge upon their freedom to earn their livelihood as they choose(2). On the other hand if there was a shortage of workers in one job, the employers hands would be tied as they could not raise the wages as to attract more applicants. The next issue is that of determining comparative worth. Given the large number and diversity of jobs being rated, it is unlikely that
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