Baker signs Massachusetts pay equality bill

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BOSTON — Just after 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Gov. Charlie Baker put pen to paper and enshrined in law the notion that men and women performing the same work should be paid equally.

After faltering on Beacon Hill in previous sessions, gender pay equity got a vigorous push this session from lawmakers, business organizations and advocates. Baker identified it as one of six major bills he hoped the Legislature would pass so he could sign it.

Treasurer Deb Goldberg gives Gov. Charlie Baker a slap on the back after he signed the pay equity act Aug. 1. "It is the law!" Baker said as he closed the act's folder.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

Treasurer Deb Goldberg gives Gov. Charlie Baker a slap on the back after he signed the pay equity act Aug. 1. “It is the law!” Baker said as he closed the act’s folder.

“Our daughters and granddaughters, and our sons and grandsons, will face a fairer work environment than we have,” Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville, who sponsored the bill with Reps. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, and Jay D. Livingstone, D-Boston, said. “This will help reduce income inequality. Fewer women will raise their children in poverty and those children will have a better chance to succeed in life and succeed in school.

“Today in Massachusetts we say, equal pay for equal work is not just a slogan, it’s the law.”


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