Advocates for Public Policy brings salary-history ban conversation to Albany
On May 2, 2017, members of the New York Junior League’s Advocates for Public Policy (APP) attended NYSPAC’s Advocacy Day in Albany. NYSPAC stands for the Junior League’s New York State Public Affairs Committee, a coalition of 17 Junior Leagues across New York and represents more than 7,500 women. APP was there to join NYSPAC in supporting the enactment of proposed legislation S5233/A6707 which would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer, labor organization, licensing agency or employment agency to seek a salary history from a prospective employee.
This legislation will put an end to the longstanding practice of wage discrimination where prior salary information is used in factoring a salary offer for prospective employees. We believe this discriminatory practice has perpetuated the continuation of the pay gap which negatively impacts current and future wage earnings for women. We believe all women should be paid what they are worth, regardless of their salary history.
Members of APP had the opportunity to meet with assembly members and senators to discuss the proposed legislation. A.6707/S.5233 was introduced by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Westchester / Putnam). The overall feeling coming out of the meetings with both Democrats and Republicans was positive, the bill seems to have already garnished significant support.
For example, APP met with Senator John E Brooks, (D) 8th Senate District, who explained that he felt the legislation was common sense legislation, and that performance and experience should be the only factors that frame the hiring process and determine one’s salary. APP also received advice from Assembly member Pamela Harris (D-Brooklyn) on how to approach the topic with assembly members who have yet to sign on. APP was thrilled to see support for the bill growing when Senator David J. Valesky, (D-IP) 53rd Senate District, announced during our meeting that he had just signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.
The day was incredibly positive. However, we feel it will be important to continue to monitor the bill’s progression through the assembly and senate. We encourage you all to take the time to call your assembly members and senators! If there’s one message we took away from Advocacy Day, it’s that taking the time to call makes a difference.