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File #: Res 0649-2015    Version: * Name: Prohibition of differential pay based on gender. (A.6075/S.1)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Women's Issues
On agenda: 4/16/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign A.6075, which would amend the labor law, in relation to the prohibition of differential pay based on gender.
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Laurie A. Cumbo, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Daniel Dromm , Vanessa L. Gibson, Karen Koslowitz, Mark Levine, Annabel Palma, Donovan J. Richards, Helen K. Rosenthal, Andrew Cohen, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer, Jumaane D. Williams, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Ben Kallos, Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Sponsors: 20
Attachments: 1. April 16, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Committee Report 4/20/15, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/20/15, 4. Hearing Transcript 4/20/15, 5. Committee Report 4/27/15, 6. Hearing Transcript 4/27/15, 7. April 28, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-28-15, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 28, 2015
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4/27/2015*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Women's Issues Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/20/2015*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Civil Service and Labor Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/20/2015*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Women's Issues Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/16/2015*Corey D. Johnson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/2015*Corey D. Johnson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 649
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign A.6075, which would amend the labor law, in relation to the prohibition of differential pay based on gender.
 
 
By Council Members Johnson, Cumbo, Arroyo, Chin, Constantinides, Dromm, Gibson, Koslowitz, Levine, Palma, Richards, Rosenthal, Cohen, Rodriguez, Lander, Van Bramer, Williams, Crowley, Kallos and Eugene
 
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 was introduced in the Assembly on March 12, 2015 by Assembly Member Michelle Titus and in the Senate on January 9, 2015 by State Senator Diane Savino, and would amend the State Labor Law, in relation to the prohibition of differential pay based on gender; and
Whereas, S.1 passed in the Senate on January 12, 2015; and
Whereas, The Institute for Women's Policy Research ("IWPR") estimates that women in New York State earn 87.6 cents for every dollar earned by men and that in New York State women earn an average of $43,800 annually while men earn an average of $50,000 annually; and
Whereas, IWPR estimates that at this rate, women in New York State will not receive equal pay until the year 2049; and
Whereas, The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that women in New York City earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by men and an average of $58,207 annually, while men earn an average of $70,889 annually; and
Whereas, The estimated annual earnings of women compared to men in New York City vary by profession and for some professions the differential is larger than the national average; and
Whereas, For example, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that female accountants and auditors in New York City earn 68.7 cents for every dollar earned by male accountants; and
Whereas, The estimated annual earnings of women compared to men in New York City also varies by age; and
Whereas, The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that women over 35 in New York City earn 78.1 cents for every dollar men over 35 earn; and
Whereas, When women in New York City are not paid equal to their male counterparts, not only are their families adversely affected, but the City's economy suffers; and
Whereas, The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 18.5% of all households in New York City are headed by women and IWPR found that pay inequality for women stifles overall economic growth; and
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 would amend the State Labor Law by tightening the prohibition of differential pay based on gender; and
Whereas, Currently, although pay differentials based purely on gender are prohibited, the law contains exceptions for differentials based on: seniority, merit, a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, or "any other factor other than sex;" and
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 would amend the final exception by replacing "any other factor other than sex" with a "bona fide factor other than sex, such as education, training, or experience"; and
Whereas, This factor would not be based on or derived from a sex-based differential and would be job-related and consistent with business necessity; and
Whereas, This exception would not apply if an employee could demonstrate that: (i) the employer is using a practice that causes a disparate impact on the basis of gender; (ii) an alternative practice would serve the same business purpose; and (iii) the employer refuses to adopt such an alternative; and
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 would entitle individuals who were paid unequal wages to liquidated damages of up to 300 percent of the amount of unpaid wages; and
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 would prohibit employers from forbidding employees from sharing wage information, which would allow women workers the ability to discover if their wages are unequal to their male counterparts; and
Whereas, A.6075/S.1 would require employers to make any workplace policy concerning the disclosure of wages consistent with all other state and federal laws; and
Whereas, Passage of A.6075 would bolster women's ability to contribute to the growth of the City's economy; and
Whereas, Passage of A.6075 is vital for granting women in this City the wages to which they are entitled; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York urges the New York State Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign A.6075, which would amend the labor law, in relation to the prohibition of differential pay based on gender.
 
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