While U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is trying to pass a bill to strengthen enforcement of the fair-pay law, his opponent says Durbin is guilty of unfair pay in his Senate office. State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, says Durbin pays his male Downstate director more than his female Chicago-area director. “Dick Durbin apparently believes none of his lectures apply to himself,” he said.
Durbin says it’s true, the man is paid more, but he has more responsibility – three offices and 90 counties – and more experience. But overall in his office, it’s different: “When it comes to the top 10 people being paid in our office, six are women. Out of our whole staff of 68, 38 are women, 30 men. On average, women in our office earn nearly $4,000 more than their male counterparts,” he said.
Durbin says if Oberweis is going to criticize, he should spill the beans on the sex of the people at his businesses, and how much they’re paid. Durbin is pushing for passage of the Fair Pay Act of 2014, which would apply new reporting and enforcement mechanisms to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which forbids under federal law pay discrimination based on sex.