Jaffee Introduces, Leads Passage of Equal Pay Legislative Package
April 18, 2012
Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) yesterday introduced and led to passage in the Assembly a legislative package to help end wage discrimination statewide, as well as a resolution proclaiming April 17, 2012, as Equal Pay Day in New York State (K.1141). Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far in to 2012 women must work to earn to the full equivalent of what men earned in 2011. “Our state has historically set the standard for equality in this nation, and in the year 2012, it is simply unacceptable that many New Yorkers are not earning equal pay for equal work,” said Jaffee, who is Chair of the Assembly Taskforce on Women’s Issues. “To combat this problem, I and my Assembly colleagues passed a package of bills to address this issue and put an end to unfair pay gaps.” The Assembly legislation, which Jaffee led the floor debate in support of, would make it easier to enforce equal pay regulations, while establishing a state policy of setting salaries based on comparable work. The legislation would:
- enact the New York State Fair Pay Act to address and enforce pay equity, including broadening equivalent job definitions, determining equivalent skills, making it unlawful for an employer to discriminate between employees on the basis of gender, race or national origin and ensuring that traditional and minority jobs are not undervalued (A.6130-A);
- establish a state policy of equal pay for similar work regardless of sex, race or national origin (A.6448-A);
- implement a state policy that compensates employees in state service equally for work of comparable value by eliminating wage inequality in job titles segregated by sex, race or national origin and requiring civil services to establish methods to review and fix those titles (A.1780-A); and
- design and publish a report evaluating wage disparities of public employees related to job titles, segregated by the gender, race and/or national origin of employees in the same position (A.9623).