2004-01-23 / Community

Pheffer: End Wage Discrimination

Pheffer: End Wage Discrimination

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced passage of legislation she supported designed to end wage discrimination in New York.

"Each year the average woman earns approximately $13,087 less than the average man does, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity," Assemblywoman Phef fer said. "Over a working lifetime, that’s a lot of money in lost wages that could go towards bills, rent and saving up for a better future.

"The difficulties that arise from wage discrimination go beyond sev ere financial burdens. There is also the grief a person endures due to lacking independence, security, equal ity and opportunities," Assemb ly woman Pheffer said. "This wage gap impacts Social Security benefits and pensions – forcing women to shoulder the burden of wage discrimination long after they’ve stopped working."

To remedy discriminatory salary prac tices, the Assemblywoman’s legislation (A.6252) would amend the state Labor Law to provide pay equity for all people who perform work of comparable skill, effort and responsibility.

To help achieve pay equity for all New Yorkers, Assemblywoman Phef fer also supported legislation: Imp lem enting a state policy of equal compensation for work of comparable worth for state and public employees (A.737); Making discriminatory salary practices unlawful – especially in traditionally female-dominated occupations (A.3998); Allowing groups of workers with similar complaints to file them together – helping individuals fighting discrimination to defray the costs associated with filing a complaint alone (A. 148); Enacting the New York State Fair Pay Act – ensuring pay differentiation is not based on a person’s sex, race, or national origin (A.6701); and Making it a discriminatory practice for public employers to compensate employees of opposite sexes differently for work that is of comparable worth (A. 6237).

"First and foremost, pay equity is about fairness for all people," Assemblywoman Pheffer said.

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