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I (female) have recently been promoted to supervisor of a word processing department for a large global insurance brokerage. I am making $1,000+ dollars less that my male subordinate. Do I have any recourse?

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM and congratulations on your promotion. Feminists have always fought for equal pay for work of equal value--and your situation certainly falls under this. Although "technically" this sounds like "discrimination" there are so many things at play that could be used to justify why this is so--i.e. they have more years experience, they have been with the company longer, etc..... However, you won't know until you try, so I suggest that if you know for certain that you are making less than your subordinates that you address it with those who are in a position to do something about it. If you want to find information to support your case--you could call the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to get their guidelines. I hope this helps and I hope you know that your initiative could certainly pave the way for others. Good luck.
Amy

 

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