Today men earn on average 17.5% more than women in the European Union. The reasons for this are varied. Although the actual equality between men and women is enshrined in the constitution law, European directives, international conventions and laws require an actual implementation; the difference in pay between men and women in recent years has not changed.
Pay discrimination is manifested when a person is treated less favourably (lower pay) than another in a comparable situation has been or would be because of his gender. Pay equity is achieved if for equal work is paid equal pay.
BUG would like to thank Jennifer Meissner and Zsofia Vig for their assistance in preparing the dossier as part of their internship in August 2011.
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