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October 14, 2015: ACC Census data suggests that Female In-House Lawyers still earn less than their Male Counterparts

Statistics published in the 2015 Association of Corporate
Counsel Global Census suggest that female in-house lawyers still earn less than
their male counterparts, and have titles of lower prestige. The ACC Census
surveyed more than 5,000 in-house counsels in 73 countries. Survey participants
were questioned about their annual salaries and other compensation, their job
titles, their job responsibilities, and their work hours, amongst other things.
The compensation data was then adjusted using purchasing power parity to enable
accurate global comparisons. Although the presence of women in-house improved
significantly from the last Global Census report in 2011 (up from 41% in 2011
up to nearly 50% in 2015), the data strongly points toward the conclusion that
many female in-house attorneys continue to receive unequal pay for equal work.
In the United States, the federal Equal Pay Act requires all employers to
provide employees whose jobs require “substantially equal skill, effort and
responsibility” equal salary, bonuses, and other monetary compensation. Unequal
compensation cannot be justified unless the employer shows that the pay
differential is based on fair seniority, merit or incentive system, or a factor
other than sex. The “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which was introduced in 2005 by
then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and reintroduced to the federal
legislature in March, 2015, if passed, will further curtail justification for
unequal pay and will provide women with additional tools to fight pay
discrimination in the workplace. The Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith,
LLC represents and advises female executives, including in-house attorneys and
private firm lawyers, who experience gender inequity in the workplace. CONTACT
US to schedule an initial consultation and to evaluate potential
representation.

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