BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The state Assembly has passed a bill by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) that would amend current laws regarding pay discrimination.
In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discovered that thousands of black female workers were paid less than white male counterparts. Simotas pushed to expand and clarify the current New York State Civil Service Law to ensure that equal pay is provided to all employees regardless of sex, race or national origin.
“When someone’s pay is discriminatory, they should have the right go into our state courts to sue for fair pay,” said Simotas. “Currently, hundreds of thousands of public employees do not have that right. That makes no sense and it’s just plain wrong. […] When workers have access to the courts to fight pay inequities, that is a powerful way to get closer to eliminating those inequities.”
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