pay by act: discounting teenagers question

Nov 1st, 2014
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Pay by the Act: Discounting Teenagers

Consider –

“When I hire local teenagers to do odd jobs, I pay about what they’d earn at a fast-food restaurant. I pay adults doing similar work at least twice as much and add a hefty tip, since they have families and basic living expenses.  It’s not the money but the message:  I do not want the teenagers to think this might provide a lucrative career.  Is this pay inequality ethical?”

Statement by Joan Hess, Fayetteville, AR, reported in Cohen, Richard, “DISCOUNTING TEENS: THE ETHICIST,” NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2002.

What do you think?  Consider formal workplace employment--Would your answer be different.  Comment on modern human resources policies concerning differential compensation.  

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