"Equal pay for equal work" became a collective call in the 1960s and has not left since.
It seems that nearly every major employer in America has recently been faced with a pay discrimination lawsuit. Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Uber, Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle (ORCL) are just a few of the companies accused of discriminating against women as compensation.
But it is not the obvious discrimination of women who, according to recent data, is responsible for the continuing difference between what men and women pay. A PayScale report released Thursday finds that the gender gap in control over the nature of work and years of experience levels off to almost the same number. Young women account for 98 percent of what a man does, and for women over 45, 97 percent.
This gap is much larger when looking at raw figures ̵
1; the median working woman compared to the median working man. As a result of this measure, no industry breaks the 90 percent mark. This means that "women are underrepresented in the highest paid jobs in the labor market and underrepresented in leadership positions," said Lydia Frank, VP of PayScale.
Mid-career, men are 70 percent more likely than women in leadership positions, PayScale noted. The late career, defined as 45 years and over, gives them 142% more chance of having a higher profile role – and the associated higher salary.