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Pay Equity Press Conference

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 15, 2019

WREN, alongside Representative Wendy Brawley, hosted a Statehouse gathering and press conference today to announce support of the Act to Establish Pay Equity.

“Today is the day we make a pledge to do everything in our power to prevent gender and racial pay disparities,” said Representative Wendy Brawley. “I ask my colleagues and community members to support The Act to Establish Pay Equity, and the ability for women across our state to receive equal payment for comparable work.”

The Act to Establish Pay Equity will ensure that employee pay is based on factors such as skill, effort, and responsibility. Ultimately, this bill will ban the use of salary history and provide pay transparency without retaliation.

Several community partners attended in support of this work, including SCCADVASA, Every Black Girl Inc, Able South Carolina, AARP South CarolinaNational Coalition of 100 Black Women (Columbia chapter), and Columbia City Councilwoman and WREN Leadership Council member Tameika Isaac Devine. WREN is honored to work with these community voices and others in moving this act forward in the 2019-2020 legislative session.

“We all deserve to be paid fairly for the value we bring to the workplace,” said Senator Katrina Frye Shealy. “Pay equity legislation helps make sure that this is happening across our state.”

Click here to see WREN’s pay equity fact sheet.

Click below to watch the full press conference:

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