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Workplace discrimination: Facts about the Michigan wage gap

If you believe that workers should always receive equal pay for the same work regardless of gender, age or other factors, you are not alone. The outcry against these forms of workplace discrimination is extremely loud, yet it seems like no one is listening.

In Michigan, women continue to make up a large portion of those suffering from wage disparity even though awareness about the issue is widespread. Below are some facts about the state's wage gap.

  • In 2017, full-time women workers in the state earned only 79 cents for every dollar male employees earned for the same work.
  • In 2016, Latina female workers experienced the largest wage gap, earning only about 58 cents for every dollar earned by white male workers.
  • Also in 2016, African American women earned approximately 63 cents for every dollar male employees earned.
  • Women comprise about two-thirds of the minimum wage workforce in Michigan.
  • Estimates indicate that female workers in the state will lose about $442,000 throughout their lifetimes because of the gender wage gap.
  • Women who also earn tips only receive about $3.52 per hour in wages before adding in their tips.

The facts presented above come from a 2018 report released by the Center for American Progress. They indicate a real need for policy changes to protect female employees from workplace discrimination in the form of wage gaps, pregnancy discrimination and many other issues.

Although unequal pay between men and women for the same work is not a legal practice, it still occurs frequently. Women who want to take a stand against wage-related workplace discrimination may find a solution by consulting with an experienced attorney.

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