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Just Wages for Women$
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Aileen McColgan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198265887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265887.001.0001

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Discrimination and Pay

Discrimination and Pay

(p.214) [6] Discrimination and Pay
Just Wages for Women

Aileen McColgan

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the existence of gender-pay gaps both within and between occupations, and within and between industries and workplaces. It then considers why this gap exists between men’s and women’s wages. It addresses whether the gender-pay gap, to the extent that it results from the relationship between pay and one or all of these factors, should be considered ‘discriminatory’, and whether, and if so to what extent and how, it should be addressed by legislation. Answering this latter question means considering the extent to which existing legislation is apt to address the problem.

Keywords:   wage discrimination, equal pay, sex discrimination, women’s underpayment, labour force, gender-pay gap

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