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Friday, October 16, 2015

What America Thinks: Equal Pay for Equal Work

California has passed what may be the toughest Fair Pay Act in the country, determining that men and women who do “substantially similar” work receive equal pay, regardless of whether they hold the same job title or work in the same location. Critics expect it to benefit lawyers more than the workers themselves.

Equal pay and the gender gap have long been topics of discussion, but most haven't seen discrimination at work. Seventy-three percent (73%) of employed Americans believe men and women in their workplace generally receive equal pay for equal work, although women don't believe so quite as strongly as men do.

When asked about any potential pay differences, half chalk it up to different levels of experience or ability, while just 19% think differences in pay are due to discrimination.

Another 73% say they have never known anyone who was passed over for a job, promotion or pay raise solely because of their gender.

On Monday, Rasmussen Reports will be releasing new numbers on California's Fair Pay Act, so check back to see what Americans think of the new equal pay law.