State to close wage gap between men and women

In Massachusetts, women earn 82-cents for every dollar their male counterpart makes

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The state is one signature away from closing a wage gap between men and women. The state legislature sent a pay equity bill to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk Saturday. It bans employers from paying women less than men for comparable work.

In Massachusetts, women earn 82-cents for every dollar their male counterpart makes. Under the bill, employers would be accountable for wage violations based on gender discrimination. The legislation also prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history, unless they’ve already been given a job offer.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg told 22News it’s a major step forward for women, “It’s a bill that’s been pending for many years. I was surprised that it took this long to finally get it to the point where people were willing to actually debate and work on it.” Governor Charlie Baker has ten days to decide whether he wants to sign the pay equity bill into law.

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