A Timeline of American Employee Rights

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Fair Pay for Workers

The wage gap between men and women in the early 1960s painted a bleak portrait of pay equality in the United States: Women with full-time jobs got paid about 60 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. In 1963, the Equal Pay Act required pay parity between all genders and races. Yet in 2010, white women earned about 80 cents for every dollar made by a man, according to the General Accounting Office.