Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab is proposing a citywide equal pay for equal work ordinance. She made the referral at the end of the council’s first meeting of the year Tuesday night.
“To me, we need to pursue any form of discrimination and correct it. This made sense to me as we know women and women of color are paid significantly less than men,” said Wahab, who was elected last November. “Economic independence is a priority for me. In areas with a high cost of living, it is even more important.”
The council directed city staff to study the issue and also referred it to the City Council Economic Development committee, which consists of Mayor Barbara Halliday, Councilmembers Francisco Zermeño and Mark Salínas.
Although statewide laws supporting equal pay exist, the California Fair Pay Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, expanded the right to different job titles and even locations, while bolstering protections from retaliation from employers
It is unclear how much women working in Hayward make as compared to men. Nationally, the average is 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. In California, women make an average of 84 cents per $1 earned by male counterparts.
Equal pay for equal work is a historically long struggle dating back to 1963 when Congress passed legislation that required federal workers in the same category of employment to be paid the same regardless of sex.
You can start by rooting out all the employers using illegal alien slave labor and indentured servants – common in Hayward. Yeah, and get rid of all illegal aliens, they are sucking-up good American air and stealing our jobs.
Damn Muslim terrorist. Is this really all you have to do? There’s no other pressing issues? Go back to pakistan and live in Sharia Law you terrorist
Good for Aisha. When did Staff say they would be done with the study?