Fighting for Women's Equality

Advisory: Fair Pay Act Goes Into Effect

December 28, 2015 | by

LOS ANGELES – On January 1, the nation’s strongest equal pay law for women, Senate Bill 358 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates, will take effect in California.

On Tuesday, December 29 at 11 a.m., at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, an advocate for equal pay, as well as legislators, representatives of California businesses and advocacy groups will join Jackson to discuss what this law and continuing equal pay efforts will mean for women, businesses and the state in the upcoming year. Business leaders will discuss efforts being made to ensure pay equity for women.

WHAT: Press conference in advance of nation’s strongest equal pay law for women taking effect on January 1 in California

WHERE: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, 5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 29

WHO: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), author of SB 358 and chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; Patricia Arquette, Academy Award-winning actress and advocate for equal pay; Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles); Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys); Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, a co-sponsor of SB 358; George Pla, president and CEO of Cordoba Corporation, a state-wide civil engineering firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Pla has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most influential Latinos in the nation.

In 2013, a woman in California working full-time made a median 84 cents to every dollar a man earned, according to Equal Rights Advocates. The gap is significantly greater for women of color. Latinas in California make only 44 cents for every dollar a white man makes, the most significant Latina wage gap in the nation. African-American women are only paid 64 cents on the dollar. As a group, women who are employed full-time in California lose approximately $33.6 billion every year due to the wage gap.


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