The pay gap: discrimination?
May 14, 2012 22 Comments
There’s a front-page article in today’s News & Record about the “pay gap” between the genders. (I’m not providing a link; serious political observers either subscribe to the local paper, or read it on-line. Besides, it really irritates left-wing bloggers when we don’t provide links.) According to the article, in North Carolina, a woman makes 81 cents for every dollar a man makes. MaryBe (that’s her name, according to the story) McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the NC AFL-CIO says, “it’s discrimination plain and simple.” Of course she would say that.
But maybe it’s not plain and simple discrimination. Everywhere I’ve worked, when school is postponed or cancelled because of bad weather, several women (with children) do not show up at the office. At least 2-3 days a week, several other women (with children) do not report to work because their child is sick, and can’t go to school. I am not criticizing the moms for taking care of their kids, but surely, an employer should take attendance into account when establishing wages: If Bob reports to work 98 percent of the time, but Suzy reports to work 85 percent of the time, then, at least as far as attendance is concerned, Bob deserves to make more money than Suzy.
“Plain and simple discrimination” is a nice bogey-monster—a means of creating outrage among feminists, labor unions, and assorted victims’ groups–but in the real world, absolute “equality” is neither desirable nor possible.