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Mayor Kasim Reed to Sign Equal Pay Legislation for Women Employees

February 17, 2015

Mayor Kasim Reed will sign into law legislation to ensure all women employees of the City of Atlanta receive equal pay for equal work after the City Council passed the proposed legislation unanimously during its meeting today. Mayor Reed announced the proposed legislation during his annual State of the City address on February 4, 2015.
Mayor Reed supports the Obama Administration’s work to close the loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and the President’s 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which gives back to employees their day in court to challenge a pay gap.

“Women should receive equal pay for equal work. It’s unfortunate that some are still debating what should be common sense and law everywhere, but I also recognize the systemic discrimination that has held down women’s pay and want to address it proactively. I proposed this legislation to ensure that women employees in every department receive fair pay for their work. I applaud the City Council for passing this legislation. We hope this will encourage other cities in Georgia and across America to follow or example,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.

The legislation authorizes the City’s Department of Human Resources to hire a consultant firm to research the salaries of all City employees and identify pay disparities between men and women. The study will be conducted and finalized before the end of the fiscal year in June 2015.

More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to trail men in the workplace in compensation for their work.