New York Assembly Attempts to Fix Gender Pay Discrepancies
Author: Evan J. Shenkman (Morristown)
Published Date: May 14, 2012
The Democratic-led New York Assembly has approved four bills that seek to prohibit wage discrepancies between men, women, and minorities. The New York State Fair Pay Act (A6130A) would make it unlawful for employers to discriminate in wage rates between employees on the basis of sex, race, and/or national origin, and further would prohibit discrimination in wage rate between jobs predominantly staffed with minorities as compared to equivalent jobs predominantly staffed by non-minorities. (The job-equivalency comparisons would be determined by the Department of Labor, pursuant to regulation.) Bill A9623 would direct the president of the New York State Civil Service Commission to study and publish a report evaluating the extent of wage disparities in public sector job classifications based on gender, race, and/or national origin. Bills A6448 and A1780 would amend the civil service laws to ensure that public employees at the local and state level would be paid equally for work of equivalent value regardless of sex, race or national origin. These bills would need to pass the Republican-led Senate in order to make it to the Governor’s desk.
Note: This article was published in the May 2012 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.
Evan J. Shenkman is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Knowledge Management Department, serving as the firm’s Senior Manager of Knowledge Management Counsel and Research. In his role, Mr. Shenkman is responsible creating processes, practices, and software to allow firm attorneys to work smarter, faster, and more in sync; creating internal and client-facing collaborative tools; and managing the firm's team of Knowledge Management Counsel and the firm's Legal Researchers. He also manages...