Level the playing field.
Pay or compensation discrimination occurs when employees performing similar work do not receive similar pay. Pay discrimination also occurs when a difference in pay has an unlawful basis such as race or gender. Several laws prohibit pay inequality, including the Equal Pay Act, which was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009.
The latter Act requires employers to redouble their efforts to ensure that their pay practices are non-discriminatory and to make certain that they keep the records needed to prove the fairness of pay decisions. And yet there's still a significant pay gap between cisgender white men and, well, everyone else.
Pay inequity exists in all jobs from elite sports to the corporate world to gaming.
Also increasing pay inequity within different levels of jobs in the workplace is increasing the gap overall, even as it closes elsewhere.
But thousands of people worldwide are fighting back.
The USWNT sued for pay equity. Women in corporate America are disclosing salary information to elevate pay for all. Some countries are trying to reimagine the gap by creating pay equity in the lowest paying domestic jobs. There's more work to do, but everyday activists are on the forefront of creating change.
We are sharing the voices of the gaming industry and beyond who are reinventing the rules through their skill and advocacy. Hear their stories and experiences, consider how this relates to your own life, and learn about ways in which you can take action.
"Men are so often paid and compensated on the potential that they show, not necessarily what they've done. And women are so often paid on what they've actually done—which normally I would say, we outperform what our contract was."
"For women to rise in power in any sphere, political or otherwise, the climb is steeper, the judgment harsher and the barriers higher than for men. There is no one lever for leveling a playing field that has been so heavily tilted for so long."