(WLNS) – A state senator from Ann Arbor has introduced legislation that would add some muscle to existing laws against sex-based wage discrimination.
Democrat Senator Rebekah Warren’s legislation would prohibit discrimination for failing to provide equal pay for equal work. The bills would also require employers to disclose certain wage information upon request. Sen. Warren’s bills are part of a package with Democrat Senators Curtis Hertel Jr. and Coleman Young II that would establish a commission on pay equity.
Senator Warren underlined the gender pay gap. ““Study after study has proven what women have known for decades – that we are paid less than men for the same work,” said Sen. Warren. “What is most troubling though is that we have seen very little movement to close the gap in the last 10 years. In fact, at the current rate, it will take 71 years for women in Michigan to achieve pay equity.
According to a recent report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Michigan ranks 36th in the US for employment and earning parity. The study found that women in Michigan earn 77.1 cents for every dollar earned by a male in the same job. The study went on to say that, at the current rate of change, women in Michigan would not see pay equity until 2086.
A rally took place on Tuesday to support equal pay for both men and women. About 100 men and women, including lawmakers came out to the rally. There all wore red, a sign of support for pay equity.