CHICAGO – To support Illinois’ commitment to diversity and equality in workplaces across the state and ensure all employees receive a fair wage, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, recently voted to pass legislation that strengthens Illinois’ existing equal pay laws.
“There is absolutely no reason that someone should make less money because of the color of their skin or texture of their hair,” said Slaughter. “We must continue to advance legislation that actively fights to undo the injustices of the past and create a brighter, more equitable future for all residents.”
The Slaughter-backed Senate Bill 1847, which was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month, adds extra protection against wage discrimination for Illinois’ workers by requiring businesses to disclose how salaries were determined to the Department of Labor and obtain an equal pay registration certificate. Businesses with 100 or more employees that refuse or fail to comply with equal pay certificate requirements or have other employee equal pay violations may be fined $10,000 per employee for the violation.
“As a representative for many diverse communities, I’m committed to passing laws that uplift and support working families as we continue to push the state forward past the pandemic,” said Slaughter. “Illinois has and will continue to be a leader for the fair treatment of all individuals regardless of their race, sex, color or creed.”