Mar 8, 2010 1:03 PM by Associated Press

Study: Despite laws, women earn less than men

A global trade union says women with children still face major career and pay obstacles. In a report released Monday, the International Trade Union Confederation says women with children earn almost a third less than men and still face too many career obstacles.

Diana Holland, chair of the ITUC's Women's Committee, calls the report "a call to action at all levels." The publication of the report coincides with the United Nations Day for Women's Rights.

The study says women with kids more often work part-time than men or women without children.

The report also says employers often break laws by paying women less than men and by not giving them enough maternity leave. Women with kids can also be denied promotions or be illegally asked to take pregnancy tests before being hired.



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