Although Missouri law already requires equal pay for equal work among men and women, a 2014 report by the Women’s Foundation shows that Missouri women were paid 71 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Now, Affton Democratic Senator Scott Sifton has introduced a bill that would allow the recovery of underpaid wages based on gender discrimination. The measure aims to recoup a combined $8 billion in wage gap losses.
Ray McCarty with Associated Industries of Missouri, who opposes the measure, argues that the bill would lead to lawsuits against employers and is based on a “equal pay for equivalent work” setup, which is “a much harder nut to crack.”
Representatives Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights), Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City), and Stephen Webber (D-Columbia) have also filed legislation this session addressing equal pay.
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