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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2020 04:24 PM
From: Senator Steven J. Santarsiero and Sen. Maria Collett
To: All Senate members
Subject: Modernizing Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law
Women in Pennsylvania earn 79 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a gap of over $10,000 a year. The gender wage gap is the result of many factors, including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and direct pay discrimination. The bottom line is, when an employee works hard and follows the rules, they should earn the same amount as their colleagues for doing the same job.

To combat unequal pay in the workplace, we will be introducing legislation to update Pennsylvania’s antiquated Equal Pay Law as follows:
  1. Broaden the scope of current law to include more employees and fringe benefits;
  2. Protect employees from retaliation when inquiring about wage information, ensuring wages are based on bona fide factors; and
  3. Provide workers the ability to collect unpaid wages when an employer is found to violate the law.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation to ensure that women are recognized equally for the value of their work.

Introduced as SB547