One of the equal pay bills signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday (July 10) was co-sponsored by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, who represents the Pelhams and parts of the Bronx.

The bill expands current equal pay law to require equal pay for substantially similar work, and prohibits pay differentials based on an individual's status within one or more protected class or classes. This includes age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, and other employees and interns protected under the New York State Human Rights Law.

State Sen. Biaggi issued the following statement:

“From soccer fields to board rooms, Americans across working sectors are standing up for their right to equal compensation and today New York is answering that call. Every New Yorker deserves equal pay for equal work regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, or however they choose to identify. My bill serves to address the systemic issue of pay-discrimination plaguing marginalized communities by expanding our equal pay laws to prohibit pay-discrimination based on any protected-class status. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for their fervent support on this issue – this is a first step towards closing the pervasive wage gap in New York State, and solidifying the principle of equal opportunity for all into law.”

Co-sponsors of the ill in the State Senate were Sen. Robert Jackson and Sen. Julia Salazar.

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