Rep. Allyson Schwartz is releasing her plan to make sure women are finally given equal pay for equal work.
“It is unacceptable that women in Pennsylvania still aren’t paid equally,” Schwartz said. “As Governor, I will hold Harrisburg accountable so women earn equal pay, for equal work.”
The gubernatorial candidate pointed out that women are still only paid 77 cents on average for every dollar paid to a man. The numbers are even worse for black and Hispanic women who are paid 68.1 and 54.8 cents respectively.
As a result, Schwartz has unveiled a comprehensive plan to fight this inequity. To begin, she promised in her first year in office to commission a report on pay practices throughout the state. Under a Schwartz Administration, state contractors and companies will be held accountable for how they treat their female employees.
Schwartz also laid out a few avenues of action she will take to reduce the pay discrepancies. For instance, she will push to increase the fines for those who violate the Pennsylvania Equal Pay Law from a $50-$200 range to a $500-$2,000 range. She also pledged to champion the Workplace Opportunity Bill which would protect employees who file pay equity suits and attempt to prevent retribution against employees who discuss their wages.
Finally, as Governor, Schwartz would call on the commonwealth’s businesses to sign an Equal Pay Compact committing them to renewing efforts to ensure pay equality and to a review of current practices.
Other Democratic candidates for Governor include former Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, State Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former Auditor General Jack Wagner and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.