The Jersey City Council promoted gender equality by unanimously passing a resolution asking the state legislature to enact equal gender pay legislation.
â€œThis is Womenâ€™s History Month, and this is a good time for this to come forth, because Womenâ€™s History Month is to bring awareness to the challenges we still face,â€ 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 â€œprohibit 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.â€
Senate Bill 3992 was passed on February 11, 2016 and Assembly Bill 2750 will be considered by the Assembly on Monday, March 14, 2016.
â€œWe hope that Gov. Christie signs this law and enact this legislation,â€ 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).