Equal Pay Stories

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A hardworking induvidual shouldn’t earn less than their hardworking coworker simply because of who she is.

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Katharine Brooks

I was a college instructor for 6 years. I was sexually harassed by a colleague and several pay period amounts were held back after I complained. I was told the college was undergoing restructuring and that I'd be called back once it was stable. Instead another male was hired in my place. I did return after 15 months (at a lower rate than the new male) but my back pay was never paid. I complained about being paid $5.00 per hour less than males who had less seniority and worked less hours. After this, every pay period I was made to multiply my hours by $5.00, divide that by my hourly rate and then pad my hours accordingly to achieve an artificial inflated rate that was on par with males. This was humiliating and I often still lost money. This went on for 2 years. Because my inflated rate was not officially on record, I could not secure anything above it and was perpetually kept down. When a new campus director came on board I asked that my inflated rate be formalized so that I could be on par with males and apply for advancement. I was fired. The finally irony was that I was paid at the lower official rate in my notice of termination pay which I successfully challenged at the labour board. Now I am before the human rights tribunal of Ontario to have the gender discrimination issues addressed and I am looking for interested community groups for support or intervention.

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Natalie Ethier

This matters to me because I live in a patriarch system which increasingly makes it difficult for me has a woman to get a head, let alone not have equal pay! We are in the 21's century now, we should have equal pay to men. We make 20 thousand dollars less at the highest earned university degree! If the tables were turned would that be fair? If men were paid 20 thousand dollars less than women at the highest earned university degree would that be fair? It would not! Let's be treated fair in the workplace. It is time.

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