Saying “There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a pair of bills last Wednesday designed to strengthen the Empire State’s wage equity laws.
Cuomo signed the measures at a parade for the Unites States Women’s National Team (USWNT), which won its record fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournament earlier this month.
“You should get paid the same amount whatever the job is,” he said in a statement. “These are women’s soccer players. They play the same game that the men’s soccer players play. By the way, they play it better. They play it with better results. If there is any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women.”
The first measure Cuomo signed, SB 5248, codifies that members of legally protected classes, such as women and racial minority groups, receive the same pay as non-protected class employees for equal or “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility.”
Cuomo also signed SB 6549, which bars employers from asking potential employees about their salary history. The law expands on an executive order Cuomo issued last year that barred state entities from asking about salary history, a practice thought to be a major factor in suppressing the salaries of women and minorities. (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, CNN)