Kamala Harris has all the answers (at least according to Kamala Harris, anyway). In fact, she’s proposing a plan to eliminate the (hotly debated and possibly fictitious) gender wage gap “problem” in America.
So what does this soothsayer have in store for us? More breaking the law and virtually unenforceable regulations that punish the innocent (in this case, businesses who have a wage gap between genders, regardless of the reasoning).
That’s so typically Democratic, don’t you think?
- Harris released “the most aggressive equal pay proposal in history” on Monday, May 20, and it has many people absolutely boiling. The proposal itself would enact heavy fines for any corporation or business who fails to eliminate gender-based pay gaps in the workplace.
- Documents for her campaign explain. “Our current equal pay laws rely exclusively on proving instances of individual discrimination and place the burden entirely on employees to hold big corporations accountable. But too often, individual cases of discrimination go unnoticed or are too difficult or expensive to prove in court, and workers face increasingly high barriers in banding together to prove their claims.“
- Up until now, the onus for proving a wage gap fell on the employee, who had to make a complaint in order to move forward. Democrats have criticized this system for years, saying that it effectively allows corporations to hide problems with wage gaps and inequality (even if proof is scarce).
- Businesses who fall asunder of Harris’ newly proposed fine system would be forced to pay up to 1 percent of their profits for every 1 percent wage gap existing within their payroll. While this may not sound like much, it’s a small fortune for large corporations.
- For example, let’s say a company generates $100,000 in profit per year. They hire a man and pay him $40,000. Later, they hire a woman and pay her $35,000. This represents a 12 percent pay gap. If passed, Harris’ draconian new “tax” would fine the business for 12 percent of their profit – or around 12000.
- But let’s take this a step further and illustrate just how crazy this really is when you scrutinize it closely. Assume the man in the previous scenario is an expert with 20 years of experience and several special skills. The woman, on the other hand, is fresh out of college; this is her first job.
- Rather than being an example of some imaginary gender pay gap, this is an example of a justifiable gap in pay due to a lack of experience. But Harris’ law would make it incredibly easy for people to abuse businesses simply by claiming they are being discriminated against.
- The fact that Harris is also attempting to frame the fines as a penalty, rather than a tax, is also concerning. It would allow her to circumvent approval from Congress, a process protected and upheld by our own Constitution. In fact, she even specifically said she plans to avoid Congress so she can “take executive action herself.“
- Make no mistake, here; this is, in fact, essentially a tax on business, and her attempts to circumvent are nothing short of unethical and illegal. This is not a situation where “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;” there are very specific legal definitions for the words tax, penalty, fine and fee.
- Harris also tried to manipulate voters by injecting warm and fuzzy feelings about all the good that would come from the new tax. She wants fines to support paid leave, including the Democrat-sponsored FAMILY Act.
- This new “definitely not a tax according to Harris” fine system would generate an estimated $180 billion within the first 10 years. But just how many businesses will be damaged in the process? How many unscrupulous employees will abuse this new system in an effort to cash out?
Stories like these are already happening all around us, yet Kamala Harris wants us to lean in and “just let it happen.” While companies should pay fair wages irrespective of gender, women and men often have different working styles and very different perspectives and experiences. At the end of the day, what matters most is whether they are being fairly compensated for a job well done – the rest is just jealousy.