Harris Announces Plan to Fine Companies Over Gender Wage Gap

21 Mai, 2019, 10:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Sen. Kamala Harris laughs with attendees after a town hall for the American Federation of Teachers in Detroit

"It's time to flip the script and finally hold corporations accountable for pay inequality in America", the campaign said.

Kamala Harris is announcing a plan Monday that aims to end the gender pay gap, a senior campaign aide tells CBS News.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, argues that statistics surrounding the pay gap only considers media earnings of full-time and salaried workers.

Companies would also need to disclose top-earners who are women and total pay and total compensation gap that exists between the genders regardless of position, experience and performance under the policy, the AP reported. To receive the certification, companies would have to prove they are paying employees equally for work of equal value, regardless of gender.

Harris's policy is based on the belief that women are paid 80 cents to every dollar a man makes, according to a Sunday tweet where she hinted about releasing the proposal. By forcing companies to disclose their pay and employment data, Harris's plan would change current EEOC guidelines which require employees to come forward and report wage disparities.

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The 2020 hopeful estimated that $180 billion would be generated over a decade due to fines, but the fines would decrease as organizations bolstered their equal pay practices, according to the AP.

"The reality is that men and women make very different career and work choices, and frequently play very different family roles, especially for families with children", economic scholars Mark Perry and Andrew Biggs explained. The government would use the money collected through the fines to help finance universal paid family and medical leave. Harris would dedicate moneys raised to a proposal introduced by Sen.

The equal pay plan is the latest proposal from Harris, who has been seeking a break-out moment in a crowded field of Democrats seeking the party's nomination.

If elected, Harris-who has failed to pass a single piece of legislation since joining the Senate in 2017-is pledging to implement portions of the plan via "executive action", rather than waiting "for Congress to act".

In an acknowledgement that implementing such legislation would be hard, if not impossible, if Democrats did not also maintain control of the House of Representatives and win control of the Senate, Harris outlined how she would use the president's executive authority to force companies competing for federal contracts worth $500,000 or more to obtain the certification.

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