Target: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Goal: Applaud the passing of the United States’ strongest equal pay law, which forbids companies from asking prospective employees how much they made at their last job before making an offer.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed the United States’ strongest equal pay law, which is revolutionary in that it makes it illegal for companies to ask potential employees how much they made at their last job before making an offer.
The law also states that employers can’t punish employees for discussing salaries and makes it easier for employees to sue if a boss tries to punish them for discussing salary. Additionally, the law requires equal pay for workers of all genders if the job entails “substantially similar skill, effort and responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions,” expanding the idea of equal pay for equal work.
It’s a known fact that women make less than men, and this pattern begins with college grads. This means that women are starting off underpaid, so a new job means that if salary is based on a past position they will remain underpaid. This law helps to combat that.
This law is a huge step in the right direction towards closing the gender pay gap. Applaud Massachusetts for passing this historic law.
Dear Governor Baker,
You just signed the strongest equal pay law in the nation. This new law will not only make it illegal for companies to ask potential employees how much they made at their last job before making an offer, it will also stop employers from punishing employees for discussing salaries and will expand on the idea of equal pay for equal work.
This law is vital and sends a message to other states that they can and should stand up for the rights of all people when it comes to being paid fairly.
I applaud and thank you for your work in making this idea a reality and implementing this law.
[Your Name Here]
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