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Assignment 2 - May 05, 2010 LAW 500 LEG 500 LAW, ETHICS,...

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May 05, 2010 LAW 500 LEG 500 – LAW, ETHICS, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LEG 500 – Assignment 2 An Ethical Analysis of a Case Study: Employment Laws Dagmar Sousa Strayer University
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May 05, 2010 LAW 500 Introduction Women all over the world are entering the workforce more and more. The ‘Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’, also known as the OECD, reports 42 per cent of the total workforces in the year 2000, within the OECD countries, were women. In the United Kingdom 45 per cent of the workforce were women, while in the United States 46 per cent were women. This work forces numbers changed from the year 2000 to the year 2008. In the OECD countries 43 per cent of the workforces were women in 2008. The United Kingdom increased to 46 per cent, while the United States stayed the same with 46 per cent (OECD.StatExtracts, 2010). Even though are more women are entering the workforces there remains tremendous differences in the pay structure between the men and the women. Just recently, in April 2010 a woman in Birmingham, UK won an equal pay case. Background The United Kingdom and the United States of America have government legislation to assure women receive the same pay as men for the same work. These laws could give the impression, that in highly industrialized countries women earn the same pay as men for the same type of work. In April 2010 a women in the Birmingham, UK won an equal pay case against the Birmingham City Council. The Birmingham City Council excluded women from receiving
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May 05, 2010 LAW 500 bonuses. The bonuses could add up to 160 per cent of the basic pay. The pay gap was tremendous. A male refuse collector could bring home £51,000, while the women in the same position would only make £12,000 (guardian.co.uk, 2010). The United States of America has similar cases. An example is the case of Ledbetter versus Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc. Lilly Ledbetter worked as a supervisor at Goodyear for 19 years and was paid less than men in same positions. Even the court found Goodyear guilty, the Supreme Court ruled against her. The Supreme Court stated that she should have filed the suit within 180 days of the first time she received less pay (New York Times, 2009). This case was the reason for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed by President Obama on January 29, 2009 (The New York Times, 2009). Legal Analysis The Woman fighting against the Birmingham council won the case and the city has to pay £200 million. This could be significantly more if all the 20,000 women working for the Birmingham City Council should make a equal pay complaint claim. This figure could rise to £ 1billion (guardian.co.uk, 2010). The United Kingdom has many different laws and regulations to make sure that women
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Assignment 2 - May 05, 2010 LAW 500 LEG 500 LAW, ETHICS,...

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