This past month, the US Women’s National Soccer Team made headlines amid their World Cup run by pushing for pay equality with their counterparts on the men’s team, leading to support from sponsors and the US Senate. So what is the big deal about gender/sex discrimination in compensation and should Ontario employers be concerned?
Despite the dramatic increase of women in the workforce and the existence of pay equity legislation, gender wage inequality remains a persistent problem in Canada. As part of an ongoing study on gender disparity for the Globe and Mail, Statistics Canada reported in March 2016 that a woman working full-time makes 73.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. The article also notes that Canada has the eighth highest gender wage gap among 34 industrial countries according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives made national headlines last month when they released their "Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2015" report. This provocative report ranks Canada's 25 largest cities on the following five criteria: Economic Security, Education, Leadership, Health, and Personal Security.
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