Missouri Senator Cites “Free Enterprise” as Reason for Unequal Pay

Senator Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has gone on record stating that pay disparity between men and women is not an issue that the federal or even state government needs to intervene in, according to KSEE 24 News in Missouri. Akin, citing “free enterprise,” believes that gender pay discrepancy is a non-issue.

Akin made the controversial comment after a town hall meeting on September 30. The Senator was responding to a question regarding Akin voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009,which made it easier for women to challenge and file claims when they are discriminated against or paid less than men.

“I believe in free enterprise,” said Akin. “I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay.”

Akin made headlines earlier this year for his comments on “legitimate rape” and pregnancy.

In 2010, the median income of full-time year-round (FTYR) for male workers was $42,800 for men and $34,700 for women. Paying women the same wage as men for the same work is a federal requirement. Females are a protected class, and treating them fairly most certainly does not infringe on free enterprise. Please visit our website for more information on gender discrimination, and contact our office for a free consultation if your rights have been violated by your employer.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles gender discrimination attorneys