Bridgeport – Bridgeport mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim says the final approval of the pay equity bill by the Connecticut General Assembly is a huge victory for women in the state. The measure makes it illegal for employers to ask about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history.
“This legislation will go a long way towards helping women to achieve equality in the workplace,” said Ganim. “It is unacceptable that women have been paid much less than their male counterparts for performing the same work for so long, and for women of color the pay gap is even much greater. I applaud the legislature for their efforts to turn this bill into law, and I urge Governor Malloy to sign the bill as soon as possible.”
According to a recent study by the National Women’s Law Center, women in Connecticut earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. The study indicates that the gap is much larger for women of color, as black women earn 58 cents and Latina women earn only 47 cents for each dollar earned by white men in Connecticut.