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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

New study ranks Florida toward the bottom in Oxfam America’s “Best States to Work” index as 37th in the nation


Surprising no one who has worked for chump change in Florida’s billion-dollar tourism industry, a new study ranks the state toward the bottom in Oxfam America’s “Best States to Work” index as 37th in the nation. Florida’s minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is slightly higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. But a person working full time under the state’s minimum wage only makes about 32 percent of the living wages needed to support a family of four – the same person supporting a family of four in Florida would need to earn $25.87. The report from the anti-poverty organization also noted that municipal governments in the Sunshine State don’t have the ability to raise the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Female U.S. Soccer Team Players Seek Equal Pay


As the Orlando Pride women’s soccer team won their home opener April 23 in front of a record-breaking 23,000 fans, a handmade sign held up near the back of the stadium reminded everyone something was still not settled. “EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL PLAY,” it read. Five U.S. Women’s National Team soccer players – including Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan – have filed a federal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming they are paid 4 times less than their male counterparts. Match attendance, TV viewership and team profits are comparable between the men’s and women’s teams—not identical, but not four times less. And while the women’s team has won the FIFA World Cup three times, the men’s team never …
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