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Wage Gap Myths

July 18th, 2018

Philadelphia employment lawyers fight for the rights of equal pay for women.There are many myths surrounding the reasons for the wage gap between men and women. According to research by psychologists, all these myths must be eliminated and replaced with fact. The following are a few of the myths connected to the wage gap that the research team explored.

  • Women do not ask for more. Sociologically, women are expected to behave in ways that benefit the community rather than themselves individually. Because of this, many women do not negotiate as fiercely as men. Research has shown that when women do negotiate, they receive lower offers from both men and women.
  • Women leave careers to have and raise children. When a woman leaves a job, it is often for another job, or because her present workplace does not offer training, advancement, or meaningful work. Research shows that 66 percent of first-time pregnant mothers work during pregnancy, most into the third trimester. When they return from maternity leave, they are often deprioritized for promotions, projects, and opportunities.
  • Women are less educated or experienced than men. Women hold most undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Despite this, the wage gap increases as women advance in their careers, and the largest wage gaps occur at the executive level.
  • Women choose lower-paying professions. Although many women do enter lower-paying professions, they still earn less within the same job, and even in stereotypical female jobs, such as nursing.
  • Women do not work as hard as men. In addition to providing home and child care every day, women are also more inclined to do more service-related work and mentoring than men. Additionally, women are the primary earners in 44 percent of families, and 75 percent of single mothers are the primary earners.

If you have experienced inequality or discrimination at work, the Philadelphia employment lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. can help. Please call 215-569-1999 or contact us online for a free confidential consultation. We can offer guidance toward righting the wrongs and obtaining financial compensation for the injustice. We are in Philadelphia, and we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.

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