Over the last couple decades, and specifically the last several years, the issue of inequality in pay between men and women in the workplace has risen to the forefront of the public conversation. Women have won important gains in the workplace, but are still far from equal treatment and pay in many instances.
Unfortunately, the state of Louisiana has a fairly poor record when it comes to paying men and women equally in the workplace. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report placing Louisiana near the bottom of the list of states that pay women equally — 45th worst, to be precise. To be fair, the results are slightly better than least year’s report, but still well below most of the rest of the country.
According to the report, women who worked full-time salary positions made an average of $659 weekly, whereas their male counterparts made an average of $863. While there are a number of factors that contribute to this disparity, it does not reflect well on the business practices of many Louisiana employers.
If you believe that you are not receiving fair pay as a woman in Louisiana, you may want to consult with an attorney. Professional legal counsel can help you understand the details of your case and point you toward various options you may have to pursue justice, while working to keep your rights and privileges protected in the workplace and beyond. Fighting for fair pay is not only good for you, it is good for the many women who face similar unfair treatment around the country.
Source: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, “Louisiana has nation’s 45th-worst gender pay gap,” Sam Karlin, Sep. 15, 2017