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Take Action for Pay Equity in Connecticut!

Last Tuesday marked Equal Pay Day, or the date that marks how far into the next year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year. Connecticut women are paid just 83 cents to every dollar paid to men, a discrepancy that’s even greater for women of color. According to the National Women’s Law Center, women lose $418,800 over the course of a 40-year career to the wage gap. Career losses are even greater for Black ($840,040) and Latina ($1,043,800) women.

Without action, the gender wage gap in Connecticut is not expected to close until 2061. Luckily, we have a chance to take steps to close the gap THIS legislative session! House Bill No. 5591: An Act Concerning Pay Equity in the Workforce will make significant progress towards pay equity in our state and mirrors legislation passed unanimously in Massachusetts just last year with support from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

House Bill No. 5591 will:

  1. Prohibit employers from inquiring about a potential hire’s salary history, a practice that reinforces gender and racial wage gaps and discriminates against workers who earn less than men from the very start of their careers.
  2. Require employers to pay their employees equal wages for comparable work, a standard based on skill, responsibility and effort.
  3. Protect seniority pay differentials from adverse adjustments from time spent on leave due to pregnancy related conditions or family and medical leave.
  4. Permit an employer to have an affirmative defense in an equal pay lawsuit if it can demonstrate that, within three years prior to the lawsuit, the employer completed a good faith self-evaluation of its pay practices and can demonstrate that progress has been made towards eliminating gender based wage differentials.

Women in our state shouldn’t have to wait any longer for equal pay. The State House of Representatives is expected to vote on House Bill No. 5591 THIS Wednesday, 4/12! Help us take action by contacting your state Representative. Unsure of who represents you? Find your Representative.


Sample Script:

Hello Representative ___,

My name is (YOUR NAME) and I live in (YOUR TOWN). I strongly support House Bill No. 5591: An Act Concerning Pay Equity In the Workforce. Women in Connecticut currently earn 83 cents for every dollar earned by men, an inequity that’s even greater for women of color. House Bill No. 5591 takes significant steps to close our state’s gender wage gap, which without action is not expected to close until 2061. As a regular voter in our state, I do not want to wait until 2061 for pay equity. I hope you will support House Bill No. 5591 and vote YES to move the bill forward this session. Thank you.

 

CWEALF's Executive Director Kate Farrar joined Connecticut lawmakers, advocates and citizens on Equal Pay Day for a press conference to raise awareness about the gender wage gap and urge support for H.B. 5591. 


By Maddie Granato, Policy Manager at 7 Apr 2017, 16:19 PM

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