Gender discrimination steals a woman's future

New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, recently announced his Women’s Equality Act, a key feature of which is to close the wage gap. As of 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports (pdf) that a full-time, salaried woman earns on average 82% of a similarly situated man’s income. Over the course of a career, a college-educated woman loses anywhere between $500,000 and $2m in earnings (pdf) due to discriminatory pay practices. Factors that attribute to this wealth gap include conscious and unconscious bias on the part of employers.

New York is leading the way on legislation to ensure women aren’t treated as second-class workers The Governor announced plans to advance a 10-Point Women’s Equality Act that will break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender. The Governor’s 10-Point proposal will:

  • Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice by Enacting the Reproductive Health Act
  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
  • Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
  • End Family Status Discrimination
  • Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
  • Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All
  • Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws

For more information on Governor Cuomo’s 10-point proposal, visit governor.ny.gov.

The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law PCdedicate a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination.The attorneys at the law firm have represented individuals throughout Long Islandand the New York City areain matters of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit lmblaw.com