Downey, Houghtaling & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Facilitate Full & Equal Participation of Women in the Workplace Advanced by Assembly Labor Committee
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to create the Office for Women's Advancement to facilitate the full and equal participation of women in the workplace was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee.
"The office's goal is to foster and promote the advancement of gender equity in employment practices, career development and the workplace, enhancing the quality of life for women and girls throughout the state," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "It will do this through research, collaboration and programming that will prove beneficial not just to women, but to businesses and economic development throughout New Jersey. It's the smart approach to creating jobs and building a strong middle-class."
"This is a must in today's economic climate," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "We need to think creatively and find new ways to encourage the full and equal participation of women in the workplace. That's absolutely necessary if we're going to reinvigorate our economy and make sure we continue to create good-paying jobs that help strengthen families and communities."
"This bill is common sense," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "We need to be innovative if we're to keep pace with the changing economy and competition from other states and around the world. The status quo isn't acceptable, and if we find ways to foster the full and equal participation of women in the workplace, everyone will benefit."Read more
Seven years since the Lilly Ledbetter Act prohibited gender-based wage discrimination, women in the United States still make only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. The National Women’s Law Center says in New Jersey, on average, women make barely over 80 cents on the dollar. A bill to strengthen laws against wage discrimination has sailed through the state Legislature, in spite of opposition from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams asked one of the bill’s sponsors, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, to explain how it further protects women.Read more
Hugh R. Morley, The Record
The New Jersey legislature has given final approval to a bill that would strengthen measures that prevent employers from discriminating against female workers by awarding pay and benefit packages that are less than their male counterparts.
The bill, which amends the state's existing Law Against Discrimination, prohibits employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by offering differing pay rates and benefit packages "for substantially similar work."
The bill also prohibits an employer from "taking reprisals" against an employee who discloses information about job titles, rates of compensation and other details that would enable an employee to determine whether or not they are being discriminated against.Read more
Lampitt, Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Downey & Mukherji Bill to Combat Gender Pay Gap Heads to Governor’s Desk
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joann Downey and Raj Mukherji to combat gender pay inequities in the workplace received final legislative approval from the full Assembly by a vote of 53-14-6 Monday.
"The gender pay gap has barely budged over the last decade, which means that at the current rate, absent any significant nationwide reforms, we won't close this gap for another century," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "These measures will help us monitor discriminatory pay practices so we can crack down on blatant violators and ensure a more equitable workplace in New Jersey."
The bill (S-992/A-2750) would modify current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for women.