People Who Work Less Hours Get Paid Less, So, Obviously, This Is Sexist

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How a Part-Time Pay Penalty Hits Working Mothers

Women get paid less than men in almost all jobs, but when women in low-wage jobs need to take time off work to care for children, they are at an even greater disadvantage.

If all employees got paid the same hourly amount (assuming they’re equally productive on the job), it would go a long way toward closing the gender pay gap, according to Claudia Goldin, a Harvard economist who has analyzed income data across occupations, including a new set of unpublished data on hourly workers that she prepared for the White House Summit on Working Families in June.

Instead, she has found, people in professions like law and finance get paid disproportionately more when they work extra-long hours. At the other end of the spectrum, people in low-wage jobs do not benefit much from working more, but get paid disproportionately less per hour when they work fewer than 40 hours a week. The penalty is similar for men and women – but ends up hurting women more, because they are far more likely to take breaks during their careers or need shorter or predictable hours to handle child care.

Well, that is simply shocking! Who would think that working longer hours would mean more pay? Who would think that people who work less than 40 hours a week get paid a whole lot less? This just boggles the mind

While the challenges are different at high-income and low-income jobs, the bottom line is the same: Employees, particularly parents, need some measure of predictability and control over the hours they work; the workplace could be much more equal if they weren’t penalized for not working a straight 40-hour workweek.

Who wants to bet that those who work at the NY Times get paid more for working longer hours, and less for less than 40 hours a week? But, if you don’t agree that people who work less should get paid the same as those who work more you are a sexist, hate women, and are probably part of the evil patriarchy.

It’s like Liberals do not understand how the Adult Working World works. Because they don’t.

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