Update: HB 1051 received an Unfavorable
Report vote, 20-0 with two excused absences, in the House Economic Matters Committee. SB 424, has yet to receive a committee vote.
The “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Bill, HB 1051 / SB 424, would ultimately impose
enormous burdens and risks on employers; devalue important factors in
establishing wages, such as training, education, and skill; and expand
litigation opportunities for plaintiffs’ lawyers seeking millions of dollars
from employers without even having to prove that a business intentionally
discriminated against women.
and our members support equal pay, in that we agree with the principle that an
equal day’s work deserves an equal day’s pay. The existing legal framework
already protects employees from wage discrimination based on gender. This legislation would duplicate
federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been
discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission.
Outcome: This bill failed to
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of equal pay for women want wage disclosures