Would you support a law that enforced gender equality in the workplace?

A recently proposed law is the Paycheck Fairness Act. (When you enter Thomas (http://thomas.loc.gov/) you will have to search for this act.) If passed, this law would direct the Secretary of Labor "to develop guidelines to enable employers to evaluate job categories based on objective criteria such as educational requirements, skill requirements, independence, working conditions, and responsibility, including decision making responsibility and de facto supervisory responsibility."

These guidelines could then be used by businesses " to enable employers voluntarily to compare wages paid for different jobs to determine if the pay scales involved adequately and fairly reflect the educational requirements, skill requirements, independence, working conditions, and responsibility for each such job with the goal of eliminating unfair pay disparities between occupations traditionally dominated by men or women."

What do you think about this type of government involvement in the workplace?

To record your thoughts use the following handout provide in a pdf format - A Fair Wage? - worksheet #3

What do you think about this type of government involvement in the workplace?

France and Australia have similar laws. Have they worked there? Click on each country to view an assessment by the U.S. State Department of that country's record on wage equality or go to
The U.S. State Department's Human Right's Report to read the complete report.at the following URL http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/

Click on the respective country to learn more about that country's record on wage equality.
France
Australia