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Governor Cuomo signs executive orders to ensure equal pay rights

Andrew M. Cuomo
Empire State   Equal pay protections in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed two executive orders to put New York on the fast track to eliminate the wage gap.

The executive orders will strengthen equal pay protections in New York by prohibiting all state entities from evaluating candidates based on their prior salary or asking prospective employees their wage history.

New York will also require state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees – leveraging taxpayer dollars to drive transparency and advance pay equity statewide.

Based on most recent data, women in New York earn 87 cents on the dollar in comparison to what men earn.

Women of color, compared to white men, fare worse: African-American women earn on average 69 cents on the dollar and Latinas 58 cents on the dollar.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015 there were 12 million single parent families in the United States – more than 80 percent of them headed by single mothers. In New York, more than a third of children across the state are growing up in single-parent families.

Moreover, a McKinsey report estimates that full labor force parity would lead to an additional $4.3 trillion to U.S. GDP by 2025.


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