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Are less educated women in the blind spot of pay equity ? [r-libre/282]

Legault, Marie-Josée (2010). Are less educated women in the blind spot of pay equity ?. Journal of workplace rights, 14 (2), 141-268.

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Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: In this article I will show two things: first, that the labour market is still very divided with respect to gender and, second, that the material impact of this division differs sharply by level of education. Among occupations that require the least education, women pay a very high price for this gender based division of employment. In contrast to occupations where more education is needed, those requiring the least education show a huge difference in wages according to whether they are predominantly male or predominantly female. This difference is a widespread phenomenon that favours so-called male occupations. The corresponding pay gap, in favour of men, in occupations requiring a high school diploma (Secondary V in Quebec) or less, is shrinking only slightly, whereas the gaps between men and women in occupations requiring more education are clearly closing. The article then demonstrates that three often mentioned options for action, at present, offer little hope to counter that particular phenomenon: Quebec’s Pay equity act application, collective bargaining and internal promotion. Yet, this problem still affects approximately 500,000 women, after 25 years of equal access programs and close to 15 years of implementation of the Pay Equity Act. Employment equity programs are the most promising initiatives, provided that they find their way into the affected employment sectors.
Additional Information: This article has been published in a slightly different version: Legault, Marie-Josée (2010) “Are less educated women in the blind spot of pay equity?”, Journal of workplace rights, vol. 14, no 2, p. 141-268
Official URL: https://www.baywood.com/journals/previewjournals.as...
Depositor: Legault, Marie-Josée
Owner / Manager: Marie-Josée Legault
Deposited: 14 Sep 2014 22:32
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 00:46

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