Michigan Lawmakers Debate Pay Equity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan Democrats again are sponsoring legislation supporters say would strengthen pay equity laws and fight wage discrimination against women.

Lawmakers in the state Legislature announced the reintroduction of their plan Tuesday to coincide with National Equal Pay Day.

The bills would make gender-based pay discrimination a misdemeanor with non-complying employers facing up to 90 days in jail or fines of up to $2,000. Penalties would stiffen with further violations.

Some similar bills passed the Democrat-led House in recent years but died in the Republican-led Senate.

The latest U.S. Census figures estimate that on average nationwide a woman employed full-time and year-round earns about 78 cents for every $1 earned by a man.

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