One Day After Announcing Wage Gap Plan, Report Shows Men Are Paid More Than Women in Kamala Harris’ Office

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Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) may have wanted to check the books in her own office before announcing her strict plan to end the “wage gap” if she becomes president.

As IJR reported on Monday, Harris announced a strict plan that aims to close the wage gap in the United States. The senator’s presidential proposal would require that businesses provide their payroll to the federal government. Employees in the same position must be paid the same unless the company can prove significant differences in seniority or merit.

If a company can’t meet the threshold of justification for their wage differences, they will face massive fines — a point Harris bragged about repeatedly.

“I am going to announce the first-ever national priority on closing that pay gap and holding corporations accountable for transparency and closing that gap,” Harris said Sunday night. “You will see the announcement tomorrow and there will be penalties if they don’t.”

The penalties outlined by Harris’ team include a fine of 1% of the company’s profits for every 1% of a “wage gap” that exists.

Harris’ plan would force companies to reveal the “total pay and total compensation gap that exists between men and women, regardless of job titles, experience, and performance.”

Unfortunately for women in Harris’ Senate office, the total compensation gap for her staff is 94 cents on the dollar. According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, the median male salary disbursement was $34,999 and the median female salary disbursement was $32,999.

Senator Kamala Harris holds her niece Amara while standing with her husband Douglas Emhoff and her family as she holds a rally to launch her 2020 presidential campaign in her hometown of Oakland, California, U.S., January 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

That compensation gap is even more pronounced on Harris’ presidential campaign. Using her financial documents from her first month on the campaign trail, the Beacon found that women were paid only 87 cents for the dollar earned by a man. By the second month of her campaign, that gap had shrunk, but there was still a five cent disparity.

For Harris, these findings don’t guarantee that she is underpaying her female employees. This disparity only covers the earnings gap as a whole, not a particular position’s wage gap. However, in her own messaging on the policy, she used data regarding the earnings gap, not the wage gap.

As IJR previously reported, the earnings gap is 20% but the adjusted wage gap is only 2 cents.

Under her own policy, Harris would have to report the 5-13 cent earnings gap in her office and campaign to the federal government and justify individual pay disparities by providing proof of seniority or merit.

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Tony Nobaloney
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Tony Nobaloney

Does hubby know she was blowing Willie’s whistle?

Joe
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Joe

Kamala is just a liberal slut! She says nothing but bull crap to suck a vote off of Americans. She doesn’t believe any of what she says, will never do what she promises, and lying is her greatest achievement!

Terry L
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Terry L

The only ones discriminating against people based on race, religion, politics, gender etc. are liberals who think that everything except job performance should be counted in deciding what someone is paid.

Estell
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Estell

Equal pay for equal work. Not everyone works at the same pace with the same compentency. And I don’t see you taking a pay cut

Estell
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Estell

This nonsense needs to stop. Pay is different according to longevity on the job and experience. There is NO reason for everyone to be making the same amount even at the same place doing the same job. Besides, I don’t see you taking a pay cut.

Cilia
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Cilia

Typical lying democrat. They are not too bright because they keep opening their garbage mouths and sticking their whole body in. Proves that when their lips are moving, they are lying.
Get over yourselves and get down to the business of doing what is good for the country and not for your agenda.

Mark Rhodes
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Mark Rhodes

Who is going to enforce this? Another government agency or at the very least a lot more bureaucracy and intrusion.

Charlotte Perkins
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Charlotte Perkins

She could try Leading by Example to improve her credibility

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