Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act
NJEA supports A-1 (Lampitt, Downey) to amend the current Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate between employees on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of another sex. The bill also prohibits employers from taking reprisals against an employee for disclosing information about job titles and salaries.
Approximately 70 percent of NJEA members are female. Prior to collective bargaining, men were paid more than women. The collective bargaining process, passed in 1968, leveled the playing field for women in a school system and was a victory for civil rights, as well as workers’ rights. However, more must be done for all workers in the state.
With women making 77 cents to every man’s dollar, median wages of full-time, year-round workers stood at $35,745 for women and $46,367 for men. This disparity cannot continue and NJEA applauds the sponsors for taking this important step forward.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on A-1.
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