Combatting wage inequity in our city
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 @ 1:23AM
In 2017, women in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men for equal work Women lose an estimated $840 billion in earnings every year because of pay inequities. The wage gap hurts women of color especially, with Black women earning 63 cents and Latina women earning 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
This is unacceptable. In an effort to reduce the wage gap for women and minorities, I have introduced and passed a piece of legislation which prohibits the City of Pittsburgh from asking about the salary history of job applicants. When employers examine the salary history of applicants, they compound previous wage inequities and perpetuate the wage gap. Instead, we will pay for the responsibilities of the position and Pittsburgh move closer to pay equity