ah, what shall i do with that extra 28 cents my full dollar will bring me?
oh, the dreams!
yeah, hard to believe that, since the 60s and despite the federal law, women's wages have remained pretty darn flat - still earning only 71-77 cents on a man's dollar for comparable work.
but if you live in illinois and suspect that a wage violation has ocurred at your job, the Dept of Labor will sue for back wages!
all you have to do is call their hotline, file a complaint and they do all the work:
(this is how i spend my lunch hours: at brown bag lunches with other women in the city, in the governor's office, listening to presentations from the department of labor and the dept of employment services. it's not exciting, but they gave us cake. lesson? we have GOT to learn how to negotiate salary.)