comparable worth

noun
the doctrine that a woman's and man's pay should be equal when their work requires equal training, skills, and responsibilities.
Also called pay equity.
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comparable worth

in economics, the principle that men and women should be compensated equally for work requiring comparable skills, responsibilities, and effort.

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Example sentences
Comparable worth wage controls mean wages would be set by lobbyists and
  bureaucrats, rather than by supply and demand.
The workplace remains a focus for improvement, despite affirmative action plans
  and comparable worth studies.
Legal cases, job evaluation studies, and other steps toward comparable worth
  are described.
Traces the history of laws and litigation concerning pay equity issues, also
  referred to as wage equity and comparable worth.
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