Connecticut to look into gender wage gap | Gov. Daniel Malloy

Connecticut is going to take a look at wage disparity in their state.

Gov. Malloy: It’s time for the state to look for ways to address gender wage disparity

Equal Pay Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Labor, led by Commissioner Sharon Palmer, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, led by Commissioner Catherine Smith, will study the factors that contribute to the gender wage gap in Connecticut’s workforce and make recommendations for actions that will eliminate that inequity.

“While gender wage disparity impacts women first and foremost, the ramifications can affect entire families,” said Governor Malloy.  “In many families, women are the breadwinners.  In others, they are the only source of income.  The disparity in Connecticut is unacceptably high, and while this is a complicated issue, that cannot be an excuse for inaction.  It’s time for our state to find ways to address gender wage disparity.”

“Regardless of gender, every worker should be paid equally for equal work,” Commissioner Palmer noted.  “Women comprise 47% of the workforce in Connecticut, which means nearly half of our workers may be experiencing discrimination when it comes to earning a fair paycheck.  This is an issue that deserves our attention because closing the pay gap and raising women’s wages will certainly improve the quality of life for many of our citizens that work hard every day to ensure economic security for their families.”

 

Read the full official press release here: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=517512

 

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