Women Allowed To Get Paid Less Then Men


Briefcase in a hand, business illustration9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

For all those women who voted for Trump and by their actions approve of his misogynistic abusive treatment of women, you will be happy to read this decision.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that an employer can pay a woman less than a man for the same exact work if the man was paid more at his previous job.

Judge Lynn S. Adelman stated, “If prior salary alone is responsible for the disparity, requiring an employer to consider factors in addition to prior salary cannot resolve the problem that the EEOC and the plaintiff have identified.”

Rizo v. Yovino

In the case of Rizo v. Yovino, Aileen Rizo was hired by the Fresno County school system as a Consultant back in 2009. Her annual salary was $62,733, which was just about 10K more than the previous job she had.

However, in 2012, Rizo discovered that the school hired a man for the same job and paid him $79K per year, which is $17K more than her. When Rizo went to her employer to complain, she learned that the other male co-workers in her field were all paid more than her based on the salaries of their previous jobs.

When Rizo sued, the unanimous panel said the Equal Pay Act allows for pay differences based on “a factor other than sex,” and this includes past salaries. Rizo’s attorney, Daniel Siegel, informed the Associated Press, “The logic of the decision is hard to accept. You’re OK’ing a system that perpetuates the inequity in compensation for women.”

With the world being in 2017, this is yet another step backward for women in the US.

Until next time, I’m Attorney Francine Ward helping you protect what’s yours. Join my conversation on FacebookTwitter, or in one of my LinkedIn groupsGoogle+ Circles. Feel free to subscribe to my newsletter.


Girl Scouts. Ethics. Courage.


Girl Scouts is for every girl!  Ethics. Courage.

Ethics. Values. Courage.

Ethics. Values. Courage.

Would you accept money in the form of a donation if it meant compromising your principles? Well, Megan Ferland, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington was put to the test when she received a $100,000 donation. It takes great courage to do what is right, especially when you go against the status quo. Ethics, it’s one thing to talk about ethics, and it’s another to practice it.

This seemingly generous donation to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, however, came with a condition, a condition Megan Ferland wasn’t willing to compromise on. The donor specifically asked for a guarantee that none of the money be used for transgender girls, or the money should be returned.

Ferland promptly returned the money saying “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” This wasn’t an easy decision because the Girl Scouts really needed that money. It was to be used to help families who couldn’t afford to pay for Girl Scouts enroll their children.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Instead of accepting that the $100,000 was gone, the Girl Scouts used the unfortunate incident as a rallying call and started an Indiegogo fundraiser (#ForEVERYGIRL) in an attempt to recoup some of the lost donation. Wouldn’t you know it, before the end of the first day of fundraising they had surpassed their goal and were close to raising $200,000!

How many people sell-out their principles every day in return for money, fame, or a career? I’m not downplaying people’s needs, they are real. That’s why it often takes courage to do the right thing. But as is the case for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, doing the right thing and living true to your principles usually pays off in the end.

So, how about you? Are you living your life in concert with your convictions and principles, or do you find yourself compromising or simply giving in?

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Successful. Women. Janice Howroyd.


 Successful. Women. Janice Howroyd.

Successful. Women. Janice Howroyd.

Successful. Women. Janice Howroyd.

When one thinks of the words: successful and women and rich, they undoubtedly think of Oprah Winfrey.  Oprah Winfrey’s accomplishments in the areas of education, media, entertainment, and publishing are very impressive. But Oprah is not the first woman to own a billion-dollar company based on her hard work and not her inheritance.  Without question, Janice Howroyd is in that small club of successful and women.

Janice Howroyd is the founder and CEO of Act-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in America. In 2015, Howroyd was listed #24 on Forbes richest self-made women list with a personal worth of $610 million.

Things didn’t start so easy for Janice Howroyd, growing up one of eleven kids in then segregated North Carolina. Even though her early life was not easy, Howroyd credits her parents, and her community as a whole, for being extremely nurturing and positive. Thus, she was able to rise above the normal expectations for someone who came from her background.

In 1978, at the age of 26 she started her employment business with the goal of helping others find work and achieving their goals. From a single office, the business has now expanded to 240 offices throughout the United States, as well as eight other countries worldwide.

During a recent interview on The Today Show, Howroyd shared her insights on success and business, with her core tenants being:

  1. Make sure you’re prepared.
  2. Understand what the goal is.
  3. Understand that all of those around, particularly family, are part of that success.
  4. Always find a moment of gratitude and be grateful along the journey.

However, if there’s one statement from that interview that really stood out for me personally, it was when she said “Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.” This statement speaks volumes. How many people sacrifice their core values for the sake of their business or career? All too many is unfortunately the answer.

Compromising your personal values and relationships for the sake of making money doesn’t work in the long run and won’t secure you happiness. After all, what good is money and wealth if you lose your true self in the process?

Until next time, I’m Attorney Francine Ward helping you protect what’s yours. Join my conversation on FacebookTwitter, or in one of my LinkedIn groupsGoogle+ Circles.


How to increase self esteem. Confidence. How to build self esteem.

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Self esteem

A friend of mine  recently discovered the importance of reading and understanding documents before  signing them. Unfortunately, she learned the VERY hard way. Let’s call her  Marian.

Marian wrote a  screenplay.  Then, without reading and/or  understanding the piece of  paper she was asked to sign, Marian signed away her  rights.  The document she signed was an assignment agreement.  Unlike a license, an assignment gives away ALL
of your rights in a particular property.  Unbeknownst to Marian, she accidentally and completely  transferred the rights to her work over to her new agent and business partner,
who immediately registered it with the US Copyright Office.  By the time Marian realized what had happened,  it was too late.  Marian’s agent and  business partner was unwilling to sign over the rights back to her, leaving her  with few options—an expensive legal remedy being one of them.

You might be thinking, why didn’t I help my friend and tell her not to sign it before
reading it. And my reply is, I did.  But she chose to do what she wanted to do and ignored my counsel.  One thing I have learned is when it comes to friends and legal issues, I tread lightly. We are all adults, and you can take a thirsty adult to water, but you cannot force them to drink it. My clients pay for legal advice and most of them take it. Not so much with my friends.

Sometimes we have to make poor choices in order to learn the hard lessons.

Do you learn from  your mistakes?  If not, why not? What  does it take to get you to drink clean, fresh, sparkling water when you are  thirsty?

Self esteem comes from DOING Esteemable Acts. It’s okay to make mistakes (they are a normal part of life), but learning from them is an Esteemablr Act. Join my conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and my website.


New Year’s Goals. New Year’s Resolutions. Action. Fear.


It’s a new year.  A clean slate.  An opportunity to do what we say we want to do.  It’s our choice.

One of my favorite books is “Notes to Myself” by Hugh Prather.  And, my favorite passage in that book is a simple one, yet quite profound: “If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire is not to write.”

No truer statement ever made.  How often I’ve said I want to do something, like lose weight, write a book, spend more time with friends, dance more, take a trip to a new and different place, go on a cruise, etc., yet not do it?  I can talk a great game, but if my feet aren’t moving in the direction of my mouth, then my words are just useless conversation.

Years ago, a  dear friend and mentor Hal Marley told me, “willingness without action is fantasy.”   It’s the same message that Hugh Prather conveys in the above statement.  If my feet are not moving in the direction of my words, then my feet don’t really want to go there.

What are you saying you want to do, but not taking action on?