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Pensive business woman The report points out that, since women leave the workforce more often than men and their breaks tend to last longer, they’re disproportionately penalized with lower pay due to career interruptions. (Photo: Getty)

It doesn’t just cost women to leave the workplace, whether to raise children or care for an older relative. There’s a financial penalty when they come back, too.

According to the report “The State of the Gender Pay Gap,” from PayScale, Inc., the gender disparity between men and women doesn’t end with the salary women get compared with men when they take the job, or when they’re promoted.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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