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I think you should just stop talking, you're making it more embarrassing for yourself by trying to justify such disgraceful and outdated sexism here. Just accept that men and women should be paid equal amounts for doing the same job.

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I'm going to play devils advocate here despite Tourette's disapproving marks. There's just not enough information here for me to jump on the sexism! sue! bandwagon. Having the same title doesn't mean she has the same experience, seniority, or even produces the same output as her male counterparts. She could be making the same wages she is now if she were male, since I don't know these facts. If her experience is shared by all her female colleagues then I would be more inclined to believe the company policy is egregious.

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This type of thing is too common. My advice for op is to be assertive and ask for a raise, nothing else you can really do. You're boss should be obligated to give it to you.

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Also for the maternity leave thing, I don't know Australia's (as in where I live) policy atm but I know what our sexist prime minister wants it to be (I'm not going to explain it) but I was just wondering if fathers get paid paternity leave? I mean shouldn't they?

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So if she has less experience / seniority (or education) than her male colleagues then why is she allowed to have the same job title and complete the same work? Sounds like a classic case of gender discrimination. Something needs to be done.

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133, Gee maybe because she's also qualified. I started my old job as a cashier at $8/ hour. By the time I left that job two years later I was earning $9.50/ hour. There were other people with the same job and title but lower pay because they had less experience. And if OP got promoted, she'd likely be earning less than those in her same position because it would be a new job to her and those other people have more experience. More experience = more valuable skills = more money. It's called "capitalism," my friend. I'm not saying she's definitely NOT bring discriminated against as a woman, but just because she has the same job and title as her coworkers doesn't necessarily mean she's entitled to the same pay.

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This very thing has been studied a lot, and all the variables gracehi brings up are counted for, and matched (and often with the women having higher/better experience than men) women still get paid less simply for having a vagina. Another thing looked into was female to male transsexuals and the men said after they had the hormones and the surgeries, they were treated with more respect and their paychecks were bigger within the same exact job.

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Not to mention, for the maternity leave thing I don't know about you guys, but here the father and mother each get 1 year paid paternity/maternity leave. Sometimes the father transfers it to the mother so she has two years, but that's up to him. Seems pretty fair to me, I don't see why the woman should get paid less just because she had a baby.

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160, While I won't argue that gender discrimination in pay does happen, just because a female gets paid less than her male coworker of the same position doesn't automatically mean that it can only be because of gender discrimination. OP should definitely look into this and speak with her boss if she's unsatisfied with her pay, but she shouldn't jump to that conclusion if that's what she's doing.

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No worries Booda. I wont stop trying to help educate the masses who need educating on life.....or corporate "ethics" as is the case here. It comes with being a teacher. The ironic thing is, I work in a majority female environment. Also, I used to work at a large multinational where I actually questioned the gender pay gap. I was told by both male and female bosses that corporations pay less to women as it's more of a financial risk, that they may fall pregnant and leave temporarily or permanently. And so, they don't invest as much in the salary.

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That's sexism in America people! Even thought there are more females on the world and most of us are smarter, and do better in school (fact). We go to school and get an education and in the end get treated unfairly. Thank you society!

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168, if you're in the US and your employer has 50 or more employees, they ARE legally required to give you up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for a newborn--whether you're male or female. Some states offer even greater protection-- but I'm not aware of any that requires them to pay you during the leave.

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TourettesGuy, just stop talking. Although it may be true that some buried comments are actually insightful or correct, the rest have been buried for a reason. And that, my friend, is because the commentor sounds like a moron.

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I know how you feel. Apparently male nurses are worth more than female bc this fucktard moron straight out of school makes the same as me. May not seem like much, but Ive been there 5 years. Hes been there 2 months and is an idiot. I end up doing half his charting for him most of the time. Grrrrr!!!

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Stop doing his job? Medical field is something you definitely don't want an idiot doing. If he/she has no idea what they're doing. You aren't helping them or the patients and doctors by doing their job.

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See, Ive tried reporting him before. Nothing comes of it! And I cant leave my already 12 1/2 hours long shift until he is done with his work also. Im stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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oh how i understand that though in a much less important job. i did the work of a manager for a year and a half but still languished on minimum wage. they then decider to give someone who helped every so often doing a tiny part of my job a wage supplement.

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#6 I understand that you can't leave until his work is done however if you're doing his work all they see is that's it's getting done maybe by stopping they will understand that he has no idea what he's actually doing and finally fire him you aren't doing him or your self any favors by doing his work, and speaking from someone with a lot of health issues thank you for being such a caring nurse we need more like you.

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Nurses here in Canada all belong to union. If you are both at the same pay grade at the same stepping (seniority) then you would be paid the same. If you have been there for a few years chances are you are at a higher stepping unless your position doesn't have a range. New employees will certainly requires training and supervision. I won't be surprised if your colleagues had to help you out a bit when you first started.

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Well, today I told my boss that my charity for this guy is over. As long as those patients are not in harms way, I will not help him even staple a paper ever again. I also told her I think I deserve a raise... She agreed!!! It might have helped the I showed her a letter I received from another hospital offering me a job, running my own unit, for quite a bit more than I make now. :-) If I didnt love where I am now so much, Id have taken it in a heartbeat.

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