Contact: Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON PAY EQUITY LEGISLATION THIS THURSDAY
BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, on Thursday, July 14th. The bill passed the Senate unanimously at the end of January.
Pending changes from the House Committee on Ways and Means, the bill seeks to help eliminate the gender wage gap in Massachusetts by providing a more comprehensive definition of comparable work, allowing employees to discuss salaries without the threat of retaliation from their employer and by eliminating the practice of requiring salary history on job applications.
Currently, women in Massachusetts, on average, earn 81 cents on every dollar that their male counterparts earn. African American women earn only 66 cents for every dollar earned by men and Latina women earn 54 cents for every dollar earned by men.
If the bill passes the House, it will then move to a conference committee to work out any differences that may arise between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The Equal Pay Coalition, a coalition of non-profits, unions and other organizations hoping to eliminate the wage gap for women and people of color, have been working on passing this legislation since the beginning of the 2015-2016 legislative session.
For more information on the legislation or the Equal Pay Coalition, please visit www.maequalpaycoalition.com or contact Jill Ashton, Director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, at (617) 626-6520.