The New York Times was slammed in a union report Thursday for allegedly paying women and minorities less despite its own crusade against unfair pay.
The NewsGuild of New York analyzed wage data for the 1,112 employees at the newspaper. It found minorities get paid 10 percent less on average while women get paid 7 percent less. The New York Times reportedly said it is taking the analysis seriously but warned more data is needed to fully understand what is happening.
“It’s encouraging that management is taking our salary study seriously,” New York NewsGuild President Peter Szekely said. “But examining other factors will not necessarily explain away or justify the pay gaps. More likely, it will just show how the disparities originated. We’re still going to have to work on closing the gaps.”
The report notes the trend hold true even when adjusting for years of experience and type of position. Additionally, both women and minorities are far more likely to get a low-wage position at the paper. Minorities only account for 22 percent of the workforce but makeup 56 percent of the nine lowest paid positions.
“We have received the Guild’s study and have agreed to analyse the assertions it makes,” a spokeswoman for the newspaper told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is a detailed process that will take some time to complete.”
The Guild first presented its findings to the newspaper May 2 before deciding to release it publicly. Senior management reportedly said the study is incomplete because factors like education and previous experience were not taken into account. Nevertheless, management plans to conduct its own analysis to determine if there is a problem.
The New York Times has often used its editorial board to support regulations aimed at promoting wage fairness. The board hasn’t been shy about support for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It called on Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Feb. 17 to support the policy which she eventually did.
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