Obama issued executive orders to erase gender disparity among US government workforce

Apr 9, 2014 15:15 IST

Barack Obama, President of the US on 8 April 2014 issued two executive orders aimed at erasing gender disparities in pay among the government workforce. Obama claimed that the gender pay gap across US economy is not a right thing.

One of the signed directive bars the federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing pay. The second directive requires such contractors to provide compensation data by race and gender to the Department of Labor.

The two national parties of US, the Democrat and Republicans rebuked for blocking equal pay legislation as both the sides vie for female voters.

Census bureau data released earlier in US shows that on average the women earn 77 cents only for every dollar a men earns. Earlier, the Conservatives have rejected similar legislations in the upper chamber of Congress in 2010 and 2012.

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