RELEASE: SENATE DEMOCRATS MARK LEDBETTER ACT ANNIVERSARY BY CALLING FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION IN 2017

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January 29, 2015

 

SENATE DEMOCRATS MARK LEDBETTER ACT ANNIVERSARY BY CALLING FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION IN 2017

LAS VEGAS - Today, the Nevada Senate Democrats marked the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by calling on the Nevada Legislature to make strong equal pay legislation a priority for the 2017 Legislative Session. In 2015, Senator Pat Spearman (D - North Las Vegas) introduced Senate Bill 190, which would have strengthened protections against gender pay discrimination under state law.

SB190 would have incorporated the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act into Nevada law. The bill would have prevented employer retaliation against employees who share information about their pay with coworkers and allowed victims of pay discrimination to recover damages, including up to two years of back pay and benefits. Republican legislators weakened and ultimately killed the legislation.

“Despite the progress our society has made towards gender equality, the gender pay gap persists, both here in Nevada and across the nation,” Sen. Spearman said. “We must not give up this fight because equal pay is more than just a women’s issue. Closing the pay gap means middle and working class families will have more money to put aside for their children’s futures, to buy a home, to increase retirement savings, and to go farther down the road towards achieving the American Dream.”

Equal pay is particularly important to the economic security of middle and working class families. Not only does the gender pay gap affect women’s present income, but it also lowers long-term retirement savings and benefits. In Nevada, women make approximately $.85 per dollar that a man makes. Women of color face an even greater pay disparity. According to statistics, African-American women in Nevada make $.64 per dollar a man makes, and Latinas make only $.52 per dollar a man makes.

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