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I currently work for an automotive company that is certified through Ask Patty. I myself am certified through Ask Patty. My dilemma is one women that works for the company is paid less than the males. She has more automotive experience than i do ... I feel this isn't right and if a company is going to promote themselves as "female friendly" they should promote that internally as well .... I welcome responses because it feels like a lie

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the pay issue has been improving over the past few decades -- from women making 62 percent as much as men in 1979 to making about 80 percent in 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women’s salaries vis-à-vis men’s have risen dramatically since the EPA’s enactment, from 62% of men’s earnings in 1970 to 80% in 2004.[19] Nonetheless, the EPA’s equal pay for equal work goals have not been completely achieved, as demonstrated by the BLS data and Congressional findings within the text of the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act.[20] Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton first introduced the “Paycheck Fairness Act” on April 20, 2005, which, among other provisions, proposes to amend the EPA’s fourth affirmative defense to permit only bona fide factors other than sex that are job-related or serve a legitimate business interest.[21] Representative Rosa DeLauro first introduced an identical bill in the House of Representatives on the same day.[22] On January 29, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturned the holding of a Supreme Court case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, regarding the applicable statute of limitations. This bill, providing that each gender-unequal paycheck is a new violation of the law, was the first signing of the Obama Presidency and came almost forty-five years after the Equal Pay Act.

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