Research Process Paper
While a company creates or determines the wage structure for employees, the factors that are identified for each salary should be education, experience, or skill; not gender or age. In current years, equal opportunity for pay has become an issue, although most recently, some minorities have had to take a case to the Supreme Court for equal pay for equal work. Depending on the position males and females whether educated or not, do not have the same salaries for the same positions.
The current Wage and Wage Earners data set shows the ages, races, gender, and years of education, national origin, and incomes of individuals in different occupational fields. Determining whether if any of the factors determines what a female is paid is what this research paper will be examining. A common comment made in the workforce is that white males receive a higher salary than any other race in the workforce. This research paper will either support that comment or prove that it is not always factual.
This information is vital because companies can use this information as a base line for determining fair wages. Often companies match or offer new employees an increase to sign the deal. This can cause future discrimination lawsuits for the company. These cases are costly, time consuming, and in some cases demoralizing. In 2005, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to a settlement of the class action lawsuit Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The settlement requires Abercrombie to pay $50 million, to Latino, African American, Asian American, and female applicants and employees who charged the company with discrimination (Lieff Cabraser heimann Berstein LLP, 2010). The company had to put a new hiring and recruiting system in place to avoid future lawsuits. This company could have avoided a $50 million dollar lawsuit if they had benchmarks in place for hiring practices.