Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 5/31/2007 [Archive]

The Week in Wages

The Week in Wages

The courts have taken a stand on equal pay for equal work--that is, if you hire a lawyer in time. John Roberts' Supreme Court ruled that women have 180 days to file claims against their employers; after that, women are left with no recourse when they find out they're earning much less than what Sam or Joe in the next cubicle, with the same job, is making. At the same time, a bill raising the national minimum wage to $7.25 (in 2009) passed in Congress. About 10% of the American work force is expected to benefit from the hike, but none of us are likely to benefit from the war funding initiative it was attached to.

The measure and ruling went over with minimal editorial fanfare, though reactions will probably swell over the course of the next week (in wages).

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at susie@cagle.com.

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