Alma Felix Sarah Bustamante Mr. Godbout Theology Pd. 2 21 November 2019 Equality of Pay In a society, people have all different kinds of jobs each one of them getting paid differently regardless of the quality of their work. Equality of pay is not being discriminated against by their compensation for the work that someone does. Pay has to be based on the quality of work done by someone, not bestowed upon their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or any disability. The work of many people is undervalued and not compensated in the correct way. People are not developing their potential due to the lack of fairness in most working spaces. With equal pay, we must assure that people with different characteristics are paid the same amount for the work done. The biggest concern in society right now is that there is a gender gap between the pay of men and women. Humans should find the common good on equality of pay so that everyone can get what they deserve. Humans are made in the image and likeness of God. We come from the same origin and we all have the same goal, which is to live eternally with God in heaven. Christ saved every single human being, therefore we are called to unite and treat everyone with the same dignity. “ All people have the right to economic initiative, to productive work, to just wages and benefits, to decent working conditions, as well as to organize and join unions or other associations.” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Catholic Framework for Economic Life ).
Everyone has the right to work and get just and equal pay for the job that they are doing. Work is a duty that has been appointed by God because it helps us to develop as human beings. We must work for our society and share our talents with others. “Differences appear tied to age, physical abilities , intellectual or moral aptitudes, the benefits derived from social commerce , and the distribution of wealth . The "talents" are not distributed equally .” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1936). God wants us to work to further develop our talents, and getting a just pay is going to motivate us to want to develop. Work is a right for human beings, and as Catholics, we must respect every right given to humans. “Within a country which belongs to each one, all should be equal before the law, find equal admittance to economic, cultural, civic and social life and benefit from a fair sharing of the nation's riches. (Octogesima Adveniens, 14).
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