By Rebecca Harrington

This is because lost wage calculations often use national median incomes. Women and non-white men typically make less than white men because  of gender and  racial pay gaps.

“The debate over this use of demographic averages pits two tenets of the American justice system — fairness and accuracy — against each other,” Kim Soffen writes for the Post.

Last year, women working full-time earned 80% of what men earned, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research .

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