ON ASSEMBLY LABOR AGENDA 2/14/17
PASS THE NEW YORK STATE FAIR PAY ACT
A. 4696 Titus
The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families supports the above-referenced legislation.
This legislation creates a new article of the labor law dedicated to eliminate pay differentials based on sex, race or national origin.
Despite advances, pay equity continues to plague New York State. Routinely, women and minorities are paid less than white men for the same work. This legislation would prohibit pay differentials based on sex, race or national origin where the work is the same – where the job, requires the same skills, the same working conditions and the same responsibilities. The bill provides the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) with enforcement authority and requires the DOL to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the law. It would also empower workers to enforce their rights in court by permitting civil suits, with attorney’s fees and expert witness fees to prevailing workers. Finally, it would protect workers who exercise their right to demand fair pay from retaliation.
While current law nominally prohibits wage disparity based on sex, race and national origin, it simply does not go far enough. The time to fix this inequity is now.
This bill includes worker protections that the Labor Movement in this state has fought for decades to achieve. While there is more work to do, this legislation represents a monumental step toward achieving equality in the workplace.
Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.
For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.