Bloomberg By the Numbers: 1,795

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Ron Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., arrives at State Supreme court in New York, on March 1, 2013.

Ron Johnson, the former chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., received a compensation package 1,795 times higher than the average wage and benefits of a U.S. department store worker, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Such disparities are why the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law requires public companies to report their CEO-to-employee salary ratios, a provision being challenged by corporations trying to keep that data secret.

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