Jersey City Council urges lawmakers to enact equal gender pay legislation

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The Jersey City Council promoted gender equality by unanimously passing a resolution asking the state legislature to enact equal gender pay legislation.

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“This is Women’s History Month, and this is a good time for this to come forth, because Women’s History Month is to bring awareness to the challenges we still face,” stated Councilwoman-at-Large Joyce Watterman at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

According to the resolution, there has been quantitative proof that women earn 80.4 cents for every dollar a man makes in the state of New Jersey.

To promote gender equality, Jersey City Council urged state lawmakers to pass Assembly Bill 2750, a bill that promotes pay equality.

New Jersey Legislators introduced Senate Bill 992 and the Assembly Bill 2750 as a response to pay equality.

Such a bill would “prohibit unequal pay for work which is substantially similar, require employers to provide explanation for difference in rate of compensation other than the gender of the workers in question; reset the statute of limitation on existing cases of wage discrimination; prohibit employers from retaliation against employees for disclosing compensation; require transparency in state contracting.”

Senate Bill 3992 was passed on February 11, 2016 and Assembly Bill 2750 will be considered by the Assembly on Monday, March 14, 2016.

“We hope that Gov. Christie signs this law and enact this legislation,” stated Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (both D-33), Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalotti and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (both D-31).