Pay Equity Issues

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To Help End the Pay Gap, Stop Asking New Hires for Salary Histories 

Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, which prohibits employers from requiring salary history information before receiving a formal job offer.

Other states have followed suit in diminishing this harmful practice. Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law a bill saying that salary history can’t be the only reason to point to if a wage discrepancy exists. Legislators in Maryland, Delaware, Utah, and Nebraska also passed equal pay bills in 2016. Red, blue, and purple states are realizing that the pay gap is real and are taking steps to close it. Read More :

AAUW has research available for background on Pay Equity Issues including the latest The-Simple-Truth 2018 or Pura-Verdad-Spanish-Spring-2017.

Basic Economic Security New Mexico October 2018 by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

This is a six page update on how much income working adults in New Mexico need.

A PDF is available. IWPR NM Economic Security

Background on Pay Equity

AAUW is a leader in the fight to end wage discrimination and open doors for women in the workplace.

According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median earnings for U.S. women working full time, year-round were less than U.S. men’s median earnings. After controlling for hours worked, occupation, college major, employment sector, and other factors associated with pay, the difference does shrink but it does not disappear. About one-third of pay gap [or 7 cents of a 21 cent pay gap] cannot be explained by any of these factors. New Mexico Charts by County showing wages by type of job and pay by gender clearly show differences in income.

For many the idea of pursuing a legal or procedural course of action is simply never considered for fear of losing the current job. Some of you may know people in that position.

Though there have been prior attempts to address discrimination in employment [the Civil Rights Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act] only the Equal Pay Act, and New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act uniquely address unfair pay. There are handouts at our NM FPWA page providing history and resources about these attempts. In March, 2013, Governor Martinez signed into Law, The New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act (FPWA) that uniquely expands upon the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and eliminates non-gender factors found in the EPA “to protect women’s rights to be paid equal wages for equal work and creates a state-based remedy for women who discover they have been paid less than their male co-workers for performing the same work” Southwest Women’s Law Center.

Within New Mexico we have been actively involved with the New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act.

AAUW members contribute their time to present AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart fighting to close the pay gap, one workshop at a time.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day where women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the year before. It takes almost four extra months each year, thanks to the wage gap. As usual, AAUW hosts special events and distributes resources to help celebrate the work that has been done and promotes what still needs to be done to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Download the Pay Equity Resource Kit link under the right side AAUW Links bar.


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