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I do not agree that wage disparity still exists between men and women. Almost all salaried
individuals today are paid based on their qualification and experience and not their sex. It is only
the lower labour class where the disparity still exists, but this is justified because there are certain
tasks requiring physical strength, such as carrying heavy construction material, that can only be
done by men.

If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed
out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom
are males
(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a
male labourer who does physically taxing work
(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female
employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the
company
(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female
labourer who does not do any physical work
(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female
manager with similar experience working for Company Z
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07 Apr 2013, 07:19
I would go with E.
D is close , bt i think cannot be right answer because "there are certain tasks requiring physical strength"...So in labor class there can be cases where female can be paide higher than the male.

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07 Apr 2013, 07:29
(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom are males
The lower salary of trainees doesn't mean wage disparity
(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a male labourer who does physically taxing work
This is a comparison between males, and is not an example of disparity (more physical work => more money)
(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the company
Same as A
(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female labourer who does not do any physical work
This is a good one, but IMO is not correct. The passage says that the disparity "is justified because there are certain tasks requiring physical strength", and this is one of those cases.
(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female manager with similar experience working for Company Z
CORRECT: same job, same experience but not same salary
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07 Apr 2013, 08:16
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You missed something guys
Can you clarify?

try once again We wait some other response, then we will go with OA
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07 Apr 2013, 08:51
Answer is D? since disparity exists in "lower labour class" hence "male labourer vs female labourer" would work.

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07 Apr 2013, 09:00
carcass wrote:
I do not agree that wage disparity still exists between men and women. Almost all salaried
individuals today are paid based on their qualification and experience and not their sex. It is only
the lower labour class where the disparity still exists, but this is justified because there are certain
tasks requiring physical strength, such as carrying heavy construction material, that can only be
done by men.

If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

Z

It says 'if the above statements are true'

The passage says '
I do not agree that a wage disparity still exists'

So this must be true. I.e no wage disparity

Then it asks 'which if the following is an example of wage disparity' r

How does that work? Not being facetious, I'm just confused....
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07 Apr 2013, 09:52
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carcass wrote:
I do not agree that wage disparity still exists between men and women. Almost all salaried
individuals today are paid based on their qualification and experience and not their sex. It is only
the lower labour class where the disparity still exists, but this is justified because there are certain
tasks requiring physical strength, such as carrying heavy construction material, that can only be
done by men.

If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

Z

It says 'if the above statements are true'

The passage says '
I do not agree that a wage disparity still exists'

So this must be true. I.e no wage disparity

Then it asks 'which if the following is an example of wage disparity' r

How does that work? Not being facetious, I'm just confused....

Basically the argument states that the disparity doesn't exist anymore. The correct one weaken this argument, is not an inference question as I can see: the disparity exists.

I agree that in weaken questions the stem says

Quote:
Which of the following, if true,

but I think the most important things is to understand the argument, independently by the formula or words.

OE

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The argument concludes that wage disparities on the basis of gender do not exist anymore. It also
provides an explanation for an apparent disparity in the wages of male and female labourers. (D)
weakens the argument by stating that even though the male and female workers are not doing
any physical labour, the male is still being paid higher wages than the female.
A. The wage disparity is on the basis of experience or seniority and not gender. The gender is
just a coincidence
B. The comparison between two male labourers is irrelevant to the argument about gender
disparity
C. Again the comparison between two female employees is irrelevant to the argument about
gender disparity
E. While this may look good initially, it may very well be the case that the two companies in
question have different wage standards. You can only do a correct comparison if you compare
employees working for the same company.

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07 Apr 2013, 10:04
What's the question source? I'm still confused by the wording and would like to read up on it.
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07 Apr 2013, 11:37
If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed
out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom
are males - My Take: Higher salary for partners based on the experience

(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a
male labourer who does physically taxing work. Not based on gender hence not related to the question

(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female
employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the
company . . .. Two females compared so clearly not based on gender

(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female
labourer who does not do any physical work. Best match as 1) gender comparison 2) Labour class considered.

(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female
manager with similar experience working for Company Z . . . . Manager's considered and as per the statement in the manager class segment there is not disparity. Disparity exists in the labour class

We have to accept all the information in the passage as true and not include any outside information.

Hope I this helps in understanding this one better

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07 Apr 2013, 11:53
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I do not agree that wage disparity still exists between men and women. Almost all salaried
individuals today are paid based on their qualification and experience and not their sex. It is only
the lower labour class where the disparity still exists, but this is justified because there are certain
tasks requiring physical strength, such as carrying heavy construction material, that can only be
done by men.

If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed
out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom
are males
(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a
male labourer who does physically taxing work
(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female
employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the
company
(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female
labourer who does not do any physical work
(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female
manager with similar experience working for Company Z

I think i missed the point i realize it now.The argument is "there are certain task requiring physical exercise" I misconstrued it as there can be any other task that do not require physical exercise done by low class ppl. But actually those other task must also relate to physical exercise....henmce i think D is the correct answer....
Was it from Aristotle

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07 Apr 2013, 12:12
I will go with D, Below is my analysis.

If the above statements are true, which of the following is an example of a wage disparity on the
basis of gender?

(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed
out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom
are males ==>> It is comparing two separate levels.
(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a
male labourer who does physically taxing work ==>> No comparison between genders
(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female
employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the
company ==>> same as above. No comparison between genders
(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female
labourer who does not do any physical work ==>> Bingo---two same groups are being considered and showing the wage disparity
(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female manager with similar experience working for Company Z ==> It is close, But if you see closely ..there are two companies mentioned ..X and Z...it may be possibility that X may be ' some biggie company' and Z may be 'small company' ....this statement doesn't show wage disparity....if the statements had mentioned same company's then the story would be different

IMO D

anything wrong with my reasoning

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I think i missed the point i realize it now.The argument is "there are certain task requiring physical exercise" I misconstrued it as there can be any other task that do not require physical exercise done by low class ppl. But actually those other task must also relate to physical exercise....henmce i think D is the correct answer....
Was it from Aristotle

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Archit aside the OE here is my opinion

(A) A company pays its management trainees, most of whom are females and have just passed
out from business schools, a lower salary than it pays to its senior partners, most of whom
are males

A new guy comes from a BS and is payed less than a senior. So is not our case

(B) A male labourer who does not do any physically taxing work is paid a lower wage than a
male labourer who does physically taxing work

If you read carefully who use the hands (in concrete) is payed more than who does not use them. is correct from a labor market standing point but as answer is wrong because there isn't a discrimination

(C) A female employee at a managerial level in a company gets a lower salary than a female
employee who has joined the company as a trainee but whose uncle is a partner in the
company

here the key is female VS female but we need gender: male VS female

(D) A male labourer who does not do any physical work is paid a higher wage than a female
labourer who does not do any physical work

Correct: we can compare the male and the female and also we can see the discrimination because we are in the same company so in an environment that can be compared

(E) A male manager working for Company X gets paid a higher salary than does a female
manager with similar experience working for Company Z

This was the most temptive answer: we DO NOT KNOW between the two companies. They could be different parameters of wages and so on

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13 Apr 2013, 00:48
IMO D.

E cannot be the answer as we donot have any information about the companies X and Z. The type of work that the company does may differ. For instance X could be a construction company and Z could be a software company.
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16 Jun 2014, 03:53
"It is only the lower labor class where the disparity still exists "

Considering above statement true eliminate all options except B and D.

b/w B and D, option D highlights the wage disparity.
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20 Aug 2016, 21:56
The answer should not be D,

a) If both Men and Women have got the same role and similar physical activity then answer is D
b) If Men is working in different role but physical activity one and Women in different type of role with different physical activity then answer is E.

In all scenarios it cannot be D.

Inference cannot be 50-50 chance based.

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