SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is working to bring awareness to the issue of pay inequity between men and women by cosponsoring legislation declaring April 4 as “Pay Equity Day”. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn the same as men did the previous year.
“At a time when the rights of women are under attack, we must take a stand and push to ensure women and men are treated equally,” Moylan said. “It is unacceptable in this day and age for women to earn less than men.”
Moylan is sponsoring House Resolution 124 to declare April 4 as “Pay Equity Day”. Pay Equity Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gender gap in wages. The Census Bureau, which tracks annual wages, found women who worked full-time, year-round in 2016 made 79 cents for every dollar men earned across the country. This comparison includes all male and female workers regardless of occupation.
Moylan is also sponsoring House Bill 2462, which prohibits employers from paying employees who do the same job and have the same experience a different wage. His measure also makes it illegal for an employer to require potential employees to reveal their past wage or salary during the job application process. Moylan’s legislation also prevents employers from seeking the salary of job applicants from previous employers. The goal of his legislation is to address the fact that women and minorities have historically been paid less. Massachusetts recently enacted similar legislation.
“Righting this inequality is not only the right thing to do, but will help improve the lives of women and their families,” Moylan said. “My legislation will help us raise the wages for women across Illinois and set an example for the rest of the country.”
For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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