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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 21, 2017 11:09 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci and Rep. Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Equal Pay Legislation
In the near future, Rep. Donna Bullock and I will be introducing legislation that would prohibit the payment of different wages to employees based on their gender for the same or comparable job. Our bill will be modeled after the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law which received unanimous and bipartisan support in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and state Senate.

As you know, on average an American woman will make 79 cents for every dollar an American man will make for performing the same job. Our bill will prohibit discriminatory pay based on gender and place new penalties on employers who practice these discriminatory wage practices. Our legislation seeks to correct this economic injustice by allowing employees the ability to inquire about wages and disclose information about wages, and by prohibiting retaliatory actions against workers who discuss or file a complaint regarding pay inequities. By creating an atmosphere that allows for the discussion of wages, we can finally make strides in narrowing the pay gap between the genders.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation and ensure that our daughters, sisters, and mothers are paid the same amount for the same job.

Introduced as HB931