Assemblymember Roberts Works to Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work

Roberts helps pass equal pay package; announces public hearing on minimum wage for April 24 in Syracuse
April 17, 2012
Assemblymember Sam Roberts (D-Syracuse) announced the passage of the Assembly’s equal pay legislative package that would work to end wage discrimination statewide.

“It’s imperative that we restore a sense of fairness to the workplace. These pieces of legislation are an important step to make sure hardworking Central New Yorkers have equal opportunities and a fair wage to support their families,” Roberts concluded.

Specifically, the equal pay legislative package 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).

Assemblymember Sam Roberts also noted there will be public hearings held in the coming weeks to seek input on raising the minimum wage – one of which will be held on April 24 in Syracuse.

“With the constant rise in the cost of living, it’s almost impossible for a family to survive on the minimum wage alone. The proposed modest increase in minimum wage is an important step in the right direction,” Assemblymember Roberts said. “By increasing the minimum wage, we can make sure hardworking families in Central New York can put food on the table and have a roof over their heads.”

Assembly Public Hearing on minimum wage scheduled:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Common Council Chambers
233 East Washington Street