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  • What does paycheck equity cost? Billions just in Kansas City, advocates claim.



    The National Partnership for Women & Families tracks the gap between what women and men earn in the workplace. This month the group broke down its latest findings.

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  • What does paycheck equity cost? Billions just in Kansas City, advocates claim.
    The National Partnership for Women & Families tracks the gap between what women and men earn in the workplace. This month the group broke down its latest findings.
    In Kansas City area, the average man with a full-time job earns $50,422, the group says, drawing on 2011 census data. For a woman with a full-time job, that average was just $38,783, or 77 percent of what a man makes. That’s a difference of $11,639 a year. The 77 percent figure is in line with the national average.
    What if women earned the same as men? That would add $3.68 billion – that’s billion with a “b” – to metro area paychecks. That would mean a lot in the 102,444 metro households headed by women – 30 percent of them living below the poverty level.
    The group advocates passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would put gender-based pay discrimination legally on a par with discrimination based on race or national origin and would give the government wider authority to crack down on abuses.
    Bye-bye, Bob
    Struggles at Bob Evans Restaurants have been reflected locally with the closing of the company’s restaurant in Independence. It was one of five the company closed over the weekend.
    A spokeswoman said the Independence site didn’t meet corporate expectations.
    Overall the company has more than 530 restaurants in 19 states, mostly in the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic regions. The company, based in Columbus, Ohio, traces its beginnings to the development, by Bob Evans himself, of a successful sausage recipe in the 1940s.
    Earlier this year, the company sold, at a loss, the Mimi’s Cafe chain, with 145 restaurants in the West and Southwest. It bought that chain, based in Irvine, Calif., in 2004 and was trying to gain a foothold in that part of the country.
    Get in shape
    Planet Fitness has opened what it calls its flagship on the east side of the metro area.
    It’s at Noland Road and U.S. 40, next to Hy-Vee in the old Ace Hardware site. The company has locations in Blue Springs – also next to Hy-Vee – and Raytown. In Independence, it offers 120 cardio machines such as treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes.
    The company stresses two main marketing points: membership is $10 a month, and its gyms are “judgment-free zones.” Put another way, the aim is to be affordable and not intimidating. Although relatively new to the Kansas City area, the company has more than 500 locations nationwide.
    Jeff Fox is The Examiner’s business editor. Reach him at jeff.fox@examiner.net or 816-350-6313. Follow him in Twitter @FoxEJC.
     
     
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