Victims of lower wages because of gender will no longer have to fight discrimination, under a new equal pay bill. JiaoJiao Shen reports from the Capitol.
Missouri state and business employers would have to start paying their employees equal wages.
A new equal pay bill, proposed by St. Louis Representative Joan Bray, says if the employees are doing the same work in the same setting, they have to be paid the same amount of money.
Bray says women are particularly affected by gender discrimination in the workplace.
This bill does not only impact state employers. Represesntative Kate Hollingsworth says private business employers are just as affected by this bill as any state business.
Although pay in private industries is primarily a private matter, employers of these businesses could get punished if they violate the equal pay bill.
The equal pay bill applies to all employees in Missouri. The bill is not limited to women only in the workforce.
Bray says if a man is getting paid less than a woman in the workplace, then this bill applies to his case as well.
The Labor Committee revised this bill during an executive session last week.
The Committee approved of an amendment presented by Representative Richard Byrd that covered the awards an employee would receive in court.
Byrd says this awards amendment increases the chances of the gender equity bill passing in the Senate.
Representative Bray says there would be a transition period if the bill is passed in Senate.
A House Committee passed the revised version of the equal pay bill to the Senate last week.
From Jefferson City, I'm JiaoJiao Shen.