Target: Loretta Weinberg, New Jersey State Senator
Goal: Guarantee equal pay for all women in New Jersey.
Gender-based pay discrimination in New Jersey will remain legal, thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill ensuring equal pay for women. According to Christie, the bill is “very business unfriendly.” This bill would go above and beyond the federal Lily Ledbetter Act, which, data suggests, has been ineffective at closing the wage gap. New Jersey’s bill would require employers to prove that a female employee deserves less money for a legitimate reason such as education level, experience or performance, rather than placing the burden of proof on the employee, as the federal law does. The New Jersey bill would also allow women to get unlimited back pay if their employers fail to prove that their lower pay is justified.
Chris Christie believes that this law would be harmful for businesses, but he ignores the fact that wage gap is harmful for women. On average, women are still only earning about 78 percent of what men are earning, and women of color earn even less than that. It is unfair for women to be earning less money for the same work. The New Jersey legislature’s bill aims to correct this problem of wage discrimination, and restore to women the wages that are rightfully theirs.
The number of legislators who voted for the bill would be sufficient to override Governor Christie’s veto. Sign the petition below to encourage the bill’s sponsors to attempt an override, and guarantee equal pay for women in New Jersey.
Dear Senator Weinberg,
I am disheartened that Governor Christie vetoed the bill that you sponsored to guarantee equal pay for women in New Jersey. Governor Christie’s rationale that the bill is “business unfriendly” is ridiculous. This bill is not about what is business friendly; it is about what is fair and right.
I want to encourage you and the other co-sponsors of the bill to attempt to override Governor Christie’s veto. As you already know, the bill passed the Senate and the General Assembly with enough votes to override the governor’s veto if you bring it to the floor again.
Your bill will make it much easier for women in New Jersey to claim the wages that are rightfully theirs. Your work will improve thousands of lives and thousands of families, and I hope you will not let the governor stall that effort. Please keep fighting for equal pay.
[Your Name Here]
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