In this video press release, Assembly Women and Children Committee Chair Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) discusses her legislation that would help bridge the gender-based pay equity gap and reduce pay discrimination in the workplace.
According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data, women still earn roughly 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn, with the gender income gap highest in higher paying occupations and most severe for minority women.
Lampitt's first bill (A-4044), the "Wage Transparency Act," would require any employer who contracts with the state to provide qualifying services that are not subject to prevailing wage requirements to give the Department of Labor and Workforce Development information regarding the gender, race, job title, occupational category and total compensation of every employee that they employ in New Jersey in connection with the contracts. Employers who perform public work subject to prevailing wage requirements would be required to include the gender and race information, in addition to the job title, occupational category and rate of total compensation information in the certified payroll recorders required under the state's prevailing wage act.
The second measure (A-4124), the "Unfair Wage Recovery Act," would help employees fight pay discrimination by essentially restarting the applicable statute of limitations governing discriminatory compensation claims under New Jersey's "Law Against Discrimination." This change would effectively make each paycheck another instance of the discriminatory compensation decision and thus continue the violation. This change mirrors language in the federal "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009."