If Women Still Earn Less, Can Laws Even Fix The Pay Gap? (Video)

June 17, 2021, 2:31 PM

The two most important laws protecting women from pay discrimination - the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - have been around for more than six decades. Yet, the gender pay gap persists. Over the years, legal loopholes have been addressed to strengthen these protections, but if our current laws have not closed the pay gap, there may be more to it than equal pay for equal work. In this video, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charlotte Burrows, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, share their experiences and insights on the additional steps that ending the wage gap, once and for all, may require.


(An earlier version of this video stated that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had experienced gender bias, in the form of different billing rates, as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. After the release of the video, Sen. Gillibrand’s representatives reached out to correct information they had given us during our fact checking process. The firm where Sen. Gillibrand experienced gender bias was Boies Schiller Flexner. The video has been corrected to reflect this.)

To contact the producer on this story: Macarena Carrizosa at mcarrizosa@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the executive producer responsible for this video: Josh Block at jBlock@bloombergindustry.com

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