Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame

Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame Photo EasyJet headquarters at London Luton Airport. Men outearn women by around 52 percent at easyJet, which has pledged to hire more female pilots. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times The gender pay gaps detailed by British companies in recent months surprised almost no one — men are paid more than women, often by a wide margin, at the vast majority of businesses.
But by making companies publicly air their salary information, Britain intends to force a reckoning. Officials in London hope the embarrassing revelations in the reports, which had to be submitted by Wednesday, will shame companies into doing more to close the divide.
The push is one of a growing number of efforts among Western countries to promote the principle of equal pay. Australia recently mandated gender pay gap reporting for most companies. In Germany, a new law will require businesses with more than 500 employees to reveal their pay gaps. Nordic ..

California Family Gets $1.6 Million After 3-Year-Old Was Scarred by Bedbugs

California Family Gets $1.6 Million After 3-Year-Old Was Scarred by Bedbugs Photo Jorge Maravilla’s body was covered in bug bites as his parents battled an infestation that lasted for months. A civil jury awarded his family $1.6 million on Monday. Credit via Brian Virag A family in California whose son was permanently scarred by bedbug bites has been awarded nearly $1.6 million by a civil jury.
It was the highest amount ever paid to a single family in a bedbug case in the United States, according to the family’s lawyer.
Lilliana Martinez, 34, said that the problem began in 2012, two years after she and her husband moved into an apartment in Inglewood, Calif. They discovered that their 3-year-old son, Jorge Maravilla, had red spots all over his body, including on his face.
Concerned, they took him to the hospital. The diagnosis? Bug bites.
“As soon as I found out, I was horrified, because I had never seen something like that before,” she said.
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