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Ohio Bill Targets Unequal Pay For Women

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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State Representative Connie Pillich is running for Secretary of State.

On the same day that President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal government contractors to report data on pay, a bill that mirrors the federal law on Gender-Based pay discrimination has been introduced in the Ohio house.

Connie Pillich, a Democratic state representative and candidate for state treasurer, says her bill would focus on closing a gender pay gap in Ohio.

“Here in Ohio, women earn an average of 10, 805 less than men every year,” Pillich said, “That means Ohio families are bringing home 10,000 a year less. When you break that down per week, it’s 207 dollars a week.”

Pillich’s bill would bring Ohio in line with the federal Lilly Ledbetter act. It would allow women in Ohio to sue for damages if they are being paid less than men for performing the same job. Her bill has had one hearing so far.

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