April 12 marks "Equal Pay Day"

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN)-- April 12 marks "Equal Pay Day."

According to Whitehouse.gov, Equal Pay Day is "the date in the current year that represents the extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work just to make the same as a typical man did in the previous year."

"...we've known about this problem for fifty years," said Trial Lawyer Kathleen Neary. "...it is a systemic problem that adversely affects every member of our society."

According to the U.S. Department of Labor "BREAKING DOWN THE GENDER WAGE GAP" infographic, "Women who worked full-time, year-round in 2014 earned on average, 79% of men's media annual earnings."

Some don't believe Equal Pay Day and the idea of women working into April to catch up with men's earnings last year accurately reflects the entire workforce.

"...I work for the university of Michigan, they don't have two different pay scales for a professor of finance and one's...wage for a man and one wage for a woman. I mean everything is all regulated and..so there just...don't seem to be large gaps in...pay by gender so much anymore i mean you could find some isolated cases and of course that's why we have the equal pay act and those could be reported ...but it just doesn’t seem like it's that prevalent the way this pay, equal pay day ...holiday or...event...would...lead us to believe."

Still, some see the gender pay gap as a problem. Neary believes stopping it starts when employees who want to discuss wages "in order to determine whether there is truly a problem" are protected.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer said she wants to help everyone put a stop to unfair pay practices and introduced a bill in October 2015, in part, to tackle that issue and protect those who talk about salary.

Fischer says the legislation allows employees to ask questions and get info regarding salary without getting in trouble if they're doing it to find out if they're getting paid equally.