A report from the Institute for Policy Studies looked at CEO compensation from the 50 companies that layed off more workers during the recession. They found the CEOs at these companies are paid more, on average, than the average pay for the CEOs running to top 500 companies in the U.S. (S&P 500).
Sarah Anderson is the lead author of the report. She says,
"CEOs are squeezing workers to boost short-term profits and fatten their own paychecks."