Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

Pay equity: Vote on Thursday, July 14

Please vote in favor of Pay Equity this Thursday, and do everything you can to make it the strongest bill possible.

The Pay Equity Act will advance gender equality and support working families by making the principle of equal pay for equal work enforceable in Massachusetts. We need to: 1) Create a much-needed definition of comparable work; 2) Encourage pay transparency by protecting employees who talk with co-workers about how much they earn; and 3) Prohibit employers from requesting or hiring based on salary history; and 4) Increase penalties for discriminatory pay.

It has been 70 years since Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law requiring that men and women be paid the same wage for comparable work. Yet women working full-time in Massachusetts still make only 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the average wage gap is far greater for women of color.

Closing the pay gap is a matter of economic security for women and families all across Massachusetts. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that all workers are compensated fairly in the Commonwealth.