Amy Schumer on Equal Pay for Women
Amy Schumer, American stand-up comedian, “Trainwreck” actress, and producer is making headlines again. This time she is addressing equal pay for woman and clearing up controversy regarding her salary.
This week Variety, an entertainment news source, published a story about gender pay inequality in Hollywood titled “The Fight for Equal Pay: Women, Minorities on TV Still Making Less Than White Men.” This article emphasized a major opportunity that Amy Schumer had with Netflix.
“Amy Schumer couldn’t have been hotter as a personality when she set a deal last year to star in a comedy special for Netflix, ‘The Leather Special,’ which premiered in March… But when Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle made headlines for commanding eye-popping deals for $20 million per special, Schumer’s team went back to Netflix and flatly asked for more money.”
An unnamed source claimed that Schumer initially was offered around $11 million but “received significantly more compensation after she raised the question of fairness relative to the Rock and Chappelle deals.”
Desperate to calm the peanut gallery, Schumer dropped an Instagram post stating:
“Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me “demanding” or “insisting” on equal pay to them aren’t a true.”
Under federal law, the Equal Pay Act, requires employers to pay men and women equally for doing the same work. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act and can be found at 29 U.S.C. § 206. Successful claims generally involve facts where an employee is 1) working in the same place, 2) doing equal work, and 3) receiving unequal pay.
Who is covered under the Equal Pay Act? Well, virtually all workers are covered by the Equal Pay Act, which regulates the conduct of state, local, and federal governments and most private employers. Although the Equal Pay Act protects both women and men from sex discrimination in pay rates, the intent of the legislation was to rectify the wage disparity for women workers. In practice, this law is almost always applied to situations where women are paid less than men for doing similar jobs, which is still a problem over 50 years later.
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