Skoufis happy “equal pay” legislation passes the Assembly

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that he helped pass legislation that he sponsored which would end wage discrimination in the state of New York.

“It is a real shame that in this great state we have women doing equivalent work as their male counterparts yet they are not being paid the same amount,” Skoufis said. “It has been 50 years since the federal Equal Pay Act was enacted yet the goals of that law have not come to fruition and that is why I sponsored these bills – to finally put an end to wage discrimination.”

The equal pay legislative package includes the following bills sponsored by Assemblyman Skoufis:

  • A.5958: which enacts the New York State Fair Pay Act to address and enforce pay equity, including broadening equal pay protections to include equivalent jobs, making it unlawful for an employer to discriminate between employees on the basis of gender, race or national origin, and ensuring that traditional female and minority jobs are not undervalued.
  • A.1729: which establishes a state policy that local political subdivisions ensure equal pay for work of comparable value regardless of sex, race or national origin.
  • A.753: which implements a state policy that compensates employees in state service equally for work of comparable value by eliminating wage inequality for workers due to sex, race or national origin.

Skoufis said he believes studies which claim women in New York make 84 cents for every dollar men earn, creating a substantial yearly pay gap of roughly $8,275 between men and women working full time in New York State.

“New York has historically been a leader in the fight against wage discrimination and it is inexcusable to allow the practice to continue,” Skoufis said. “The time for pay equity is now.”