Equal Pay Hot Topic For International Women’s Day

By Paula Burkes
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) According to a survey released today by Bridge Learning, equal pay is the issue most women and men want and expect to change by 2020. This article takes a look at a bill for pay equality in Oklahoma however there are similar efforts underway across the country to support the economic empowerment of women.

Oklahoma City

On this International Women’s Day, a bill for pay equality for women and men may be heard on the floor of state House of Representatives as early as this afternoon. It must be heard, and passed, by the end of Thursday’s session to advance to the Senate.

HB2929 seeks to eliminate pay secrecy policies by prohibiting employers from punishing employees for disclosing their own wages or discussing a co-worker’s wages, said Danielle Ezell, executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, whose organization lobbied for the bill. The legislation also would increase fines for employers who don’t pay women fairly.

Equal pay is the issue most women and men want and expect to change by 2020, according to a survey released today by Bridge Learning.

Of more than 1,000 working men and women across the U.S., 29 percent of women and 16 percent of men say they’ve witnessed gender bias at work over the past 12 months. Nineteen percent see the most discrimination in men receiving greater compensation for equal work, while 31 percent see the most discrimination in men receiving greater promotions and more leadership positions.

A nationwide online survey by Harris Poll for Chicago-based CareerBuilder found similar results. Of 223 human resources professionals and more than 3,200 workers polled, only 35 percent of women believe there’s equal pay, compared with 56 percent of men. And 39 percent of women say there are equal opportunities for advancement, compared with 60 percent of men.

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