In theory, Texas employers and others are supposed to pay individuals equally for performing equal work. However, 55 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women still generally make less than men for performing the same jobs. On average, a white woman makes 79 cents per dollar earned by a white male. A black woman makes 63 cents for every dollar a white male makes.
Latina women earn the least compared to white males at 54 cents to the dollar. While many companies have policies that address gender diversity as a means of closing the wage gap, that may not address the entire problem. Some believe that it is important to take a look at how minorities are treated in the workforce to effectively close the gap for all women. On average, a black woman has to work until August of the following year to earn what a white male earned in the previous calendar year.
To help counteract the impact of discrimination at work, corporate leaders are encouraged to look at their own unconscious bias. By doing so, they can start to overcome those biases and start to create an equal workplace for everyone.
By providing equal pay and opportunities for workers, employers may see increased productivity and employee morale. It may be worthwhile for companies to consult with legal counsel to create pay scales and other policies that protect employee rights. Employees who believe that they aren't being paid in an equitable manner might want to discuss the issue with a supervisor. If that doesn't yield results, an attorney may be of assistance during mediation or other informal talks aimed at finding common ground.