Hawaii city and state lawmakers recognize 'Equal Pay Day'

Hawaii city and state lawmakers recognize 'Equal Pay Day'

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday he will sign legislation that bolsters equal pay laws in New Jersey. This date symbolizes how many more days women must work to earn the same as their male colleagues did in 2017.

Across the country, April 10 is Equal Pay Day, and in Hawaii - several Hawaii mayors have gotten behind the movement that centers around equal pay for equal work.

In fact, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), American women are typically only paid 80 percent of what men are paid.

Governor Steve Bullock presented the Governors Equal Pay Award to Don Laine, President and CEO of Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co.

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The New Jersey bill (S104) would make it illegal for an employer in the state to offer lower pay and benefits to a worker protected by the state Law Against Discrimination, which includes "protected classes" such as women and minorities, compared to white men if they perform "substantially similar work".

"The bill is meant to promote gender equality in the workplace and help close the pay gap between men and women", said KCSW Chair Patricia Wistinghausen.

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, wrote in a recent op-ed in the Hill that "despite the calculations that determine an "average" pay gap for women, many women of color experience wage gaps that are far greater - in some cases double - the average gap".

During the ceremony, Carvalho emphasized the importance of tackling equal pay for equal work as a state issue. The AAUW encourages people to fight for fair pay by calling on Congress to rule in favor of equal pay.

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