"On Friday, the Obama administration announced executive action that would require companies with 100 employees or more to report to the federal government how much they pay their employees broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity. The proposed regulation is being jointly published by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. It is hoped that this transparency will help to root out discrimination and reduce the gender pay gap—which, according to the White House, leaves women in full-time jobs earning 79 cents for every dollar a man earns.
What’s never discussed in any of these debates is the definition of equal. If you hand some manager two resumes, one of which has the bare minimum educational experience and nothing else, while the other is Dean’s List material with summers spent interning for a company in the same industry and gaining real world experience, which one should they pay more? Or is the answer that both should get the same pay? And if the two applicants are of different races, gender or religion, is that supposed to be factored into the decision? We’re also not informed as to whether or not everyone should get the same raise every year no matter how they performed."