Target: California Governor, Jerry Brown
Goal: Insist women receive equal pay for performing the same jobs as men.
To this day, women earn less money than men for performing the same jobs, but this could all change pending legislation to revise current laws regarding equal pay throughout California. On average, women will earn 84 cents for every dollar a man earns. Urge Governor Jerry Brown to support the revision of equal pay laws to ensure women earn fair wages in the great state of California.
An equal pay law has actually been in place for almost 70 years, however, the effectiveness of the law is null. The original law has had little impact for several reasons, not the least of which is the courts inability to clearly define the word “equal.”
Senate member Hannah-Beth Jackson’s proposal will clearly define guidelines for employers to follow, outlining the details of equal pay. The law will clarify the necessity for equal pay when employees perform, “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions.” Furthermore, employers will not be able to discourage the discussion of wages among employees.
Equal pay in the state of California is long overdue. This is the first step in guaranteeing equal pay for all women in the United States. Please sign this petition to urge California Governor Jerry Brown to support equal pay.
Dear Governor Brown,
Effective and substantial equal pay laws are long overdue. The current law has experienced such ineffectiveness, it may as well be non-existent. A revision of the equal pay law would see to women earning fair wages for performing the same jobs as their male counterparts. California has an opportunity to lead the nation in equal pay protection, marking an important moment in history and setting a great example for others to follow.
There is not, and has never been, a logical reason for women to earn less money for performing the same job as men. Under the new law, employers would have to prove a legitimate reason for paying one employee less than another when performing similar tasks. This eliminates any grey area and ensures equal pay cases will no longer slip through the cracks.
Society has evolved through the years and we now understand sexism as an outdated, unnecessary practice. Unequal pay among men and women is sexism at its finest and it needs to stop.
Please support legislation to guarantee women earn fair wages under the revised equal pay law.
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