Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill to Promote Gender Pay Equity Gets Approved by State Senate

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Corporate Transparency Bill Helps Needed in Wake of Trump Repeal of Obama Equal Pay Initiative

SACRAMENTO  – (Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won state Senate approval of her legislation to combat a major injustice: the reality that women earn less than men for the exact same work.

Studies have proven beyond dispute that women in the U.S. are paid, on average, less than men for doing the same jobs. AB 1209, known as the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, will require large companies to report their mean and median salary data by classification and gender to the Secretary of State, who will then post the data online so that consumers can easily see which companies fairly compensate the women who work for them.

“Women in this country aren’t paid fairly – it’s gender discrimination pure and simple,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Sunlight is a great way to help expose and address this problem. This bill will give the public very precise data about which big companies are paying women the salaries they deserve, and which aren’t.”

The Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act now heads to the Assembly for a final vote next week. The 22-13 vote in the Senate comes just a week after President Trump announced his administration would repeal an Obama-era rule on gender gap wage data collection. The Obama Administration’s program, as well as the Equality Act that went into effect this April in the United Kingdom, include many similar requirements as AB 1209.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/