Mothers and other family caregivers deserve fair treatment on the job.
Yet too often, discrimination places unfair hurdles in their way, and drags down their earnings. These lost opportunities and lost wages compound over time, leading to long-term financial harm for caregivers and their families.
A Better Balance fights for strong equal pay laws and wage transparency, while also promoting and enforcing laws that prohibit workplace discrimination based on family status.
Achieving Equal Pay for Equal Work
Over 50 years since equal pay became the law of the land, women still earn on average only 78 cents for every dollar earned by their white, male counterparts. This adds up to billions of dollars in lost income every year. States are leading the way to strengthen equal pay laws and eliminate the gender pay gap for good.
Family Status Discrimination on the Job
Bias against mothers and others caring for family members erects obstacles to their success on the job. We need better laws and stricter enforcement to prevent unfair treatment and ensure that individuals can fulfill their dual roles at home and at work without fear of discrimination.
Domestic and Direct Care Workers
Domestic and direct care workers provide support and services to millions of the most vulnerable Americans—the elderly, children, and individuals with disabilities. Their work is essential to the health and independence of those in need of care, and forms the foundation for a thriving economy, yet is chronically undervalued.
To learn more about achieving workplace fairness and equal pay, visit the ABB Resources section on Workplace Equality & Fair Pay.
Here you’ll get a wealth of information, including:
- Information on equal pay protections around the country
- Fact sheets on family status and caregiver discrimination in New York
- Information about domestic workers’ rights