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First Advisor

Hackamack, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Carroll), 1921-||Novak, Ralph S.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management


Equal pay for equal work--Illinois--Chicago


The Congress of the United States enacted the Equal Pay Act in 1963. This Act stated that discrimination in wage rates based on sex of an individual was unlawful. This Act made the equal pay principle of female workers the law. This law was upheld in various cases by the Supreme Court of the United States. Chicago, Illinois is representative of the large metropolitan city in the United States. The economic implications of this Act on the economy of Chicago will have an effect for many years. This study was compiled to present the implications as they have affected the Chicago economy. The main problem of the economic implications was divided into three parts or sub-problems. They Are: (1). The impact on the wage and salary structure of Chicago firms employing male and female workers for the same type of work. (2). The impact on the hiring practices of firms that employ women in jobs that are also held by male workers. (3). The impact on the cost of goods and serviced products by the increased cost of labor due to compliance with the Act. A questionnaire was composed for the purpose of compiling data on the three Sub-Problems. The questionnaire was mailed to the Personnel Manager of one hundred firms located in Chicago, Illinois, An introduction to the questionnaire explaining the purpose and the instructions for completing it were Included with the questionnaire. The Personnel Manager was asked to complete only those questions he could answer freely and honestly. A self-addressed and stamped envelope was included for the recipients benefit. Seventy questionnaires were returned by the recipients and forty five were completed either fully or partially. Question twelve regarding comment a brought out some interesting statements by the Personnel Managers. Many of the firms in the study refused to answer any of the questions and explained that it was against company policy to release such information, several of the comments produced a strong dislike for legislation of this type. They considered it against the rules of labor-management relationship. The over whelming majority expressed some approval for the Act. Many did not express an opinion and there was no indication of why they did not do so.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


iv, 79 pages




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