June 11

Equal Pay Act 50 Years Later: Where are we today?



President Kennedy and supporters, as he signs the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Photo Credit to Harvey Georges/APFifty years ago, on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, calling it a “first step.” You can read the text of the act here. On that day, American women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man earned.

Fifty years later, and women are earning 77 cents per dollar. The gap cannot be explained simply because of the type of work women choose to do vs. men. Some argue that the gap is distorted because women tend to choose lower paying fields of employment than men. Unfortunately, there is evidence to prove that even when men and women work in the same fields, women are still getting paid less. In Graduating to a Pay Gap, Catherine Hill, the research director for the American Association of University Women, explores this issue, among others. According to Ms. Hill’s research, one year after college graduation, women earn 88% of what a man earns in engineering/technology fields; 77% of what a man earns in computer and information sciences, and 83% of what a man earns in social science-related careers.

This is not acceptable. Women are going to college more than men, yet still not earning the same pay. Many believe that motherhood is part of the problem — the pay gap increases as women have children. Some say it is discrimination against women, or specifically, mothers. Yet, more women are heads of household, but they have to do it with less pay than their male counterparts. We have to work tirelessly to combat such prejudice so that women can earn a living for their families.

April 30

Florida gets a “C” on State Fertility Scorecard

RESOLVE recently released a Fertility Scorecard, which measures each state’s “fertility friendliness.” This score is determined by considering access to medical care, emotional support for infertility, legislation, and insurance coverage. According to the group, there are an estimated 319,182 infertile individuals in Florida. Florida does not have a law requiring insurance coverage for fertility treatments. Very few states do. Infertility does not mean that having a family is impossible. There are many options available for infertile couples, even in “C” states like Florida, as there are still many doctors, fertility centers, adoption agencies, and attorneys that can help you achieve the family of your dreams.

April 22

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 21-27!

Watch RESOLVE’s National Infertility Awareness video here! Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system. It is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year if you are under the age of 35, and for at least six months if the woman is age 35 or older. According to the Mayo Clinic, it affects an estimated 10 to 15% of couples in the United States who are trying to conceive. Infertility occurs in both women and men, and it is not something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. There are many advances in this area of medicine that help infertile couples conceive, whether it be through hormone therapy, IVF, and/or assisted reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, and embryo donation.

March 7

What happens to me if my Landlord is in Foreclosure or pursuing a Short Sale?

Many residential tenants in the Central Florida area unfortunately find themselves asking this question, as many landlords owe more on their properties than they are worth.

First, make sure that when you do rent from a landlord, you have a signed, written lease. If you do not understand all of the terms of the lease, you might want to take it to an attorney for review. Having a written lease provides a residential tenant a lot more security when the landlord is either being foreclosed or is pursuing a short sale.

If the property is sold in a short sale, the new buyer must honor your residential lease. Do not let the realtor or landlord threaten you into vacating — you have rights if you have a written lease! The landlord or realtor might offer you “Cash for Keys” in order to get you to break your lease and vacate the property. This might actually be a good deal for you, but you do not have to take it. Carefully weigh the pros and cons before accepting it.

If your landlord is in foreclosure, you also have protection under the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. This Act allows a bona fide tenant with a written lease to stay through the end of his or her lease. If you do not have a written lease, or if your lease expires before the foreclosure action is over, the Act still requires the bank give a tenant 90 days notice before the tenant must vacate.

If you think you are being strong-armed to vacate the property, please contact a lawyer so that your rights are protected!

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