Keeping up with your male counterparts is difficult in the face of wage discrimination. It is even harder to keep up if you are a Latina living in the state of Texas. Nationally, Latina women make, on average, 54 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. In Texas, it is even less. Hispanic women in Texas make only about 44 cents on the dollar compared to men.
Many Houston workers with disabilities face disadvantageous conditions on the job. Over 54 million people across the United States have a disability, but people with serious disabilities who work full time earn $1,000 less each month on average than workers without disabilities. Another 13.3 million people of working age are unemployed or have experienced difficulty securing employment due to their disabilities; they have a 70 percent unemployment rate.
Employers in Texas and throughout the nation must generally refrain from treating workers differently based on their religion, gender or other protected attributes. A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader claims that the team did treat her differently based on her religious beliefs. She also alleged that the cheerleaders were treated differently than the players in a variety of ways. The woman was a member of the team's cheerleading squad for three years ending in 2017.
For many workers, their experience and education will not be the determining factor in how much they will make. In fact, their credentials could be entirely irrelevant in the salary that they will be offered. How can that be?
The federal Equal Pay Act (EPA) has been on the books since 1963. It says men and women are supposed to receive equal pay when they work in substantially equal jobs in the same establishment.
Female workers in Texas and throughout the nation make approximately 80.5 cents for every dollar that a man makes according to the Institute of Women's Policy Research. The disparity is even larger for black women as they make only 63 cents for each dollar a man makes. Latinas only make 54 cents on average for every dollar a male earns. The gap exists in almost every sector of the economy from retail to legal services.
If you have a benefit plan at work, those benefits likely make up a significant part of your total compensation. This can include not only health insurance and retirement-plan contributions, but also disability insurance, employee-stock options, profit-sharing plans and other benefits.
Texas residents seeking employment in the tech industry may be interested to learn that a report has stated that IBM was pushing out and terminating employees who were over the age of 40. While IBM has refuted the allegations, ProPublica estimated that the company cut more than 20,000 employees in that demographic, which accounted for about 60 percent of the job cuts the company made in the last five years.