Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski, signed a new policy Thursday which will help alleviate pay differences in the workplace for city employees.
Under the new policy, certain activities which contributed to gender pay imbalance will be prohibited, such as asking applicants what they’re currently making. The policy states, “employees should be paid based on their years of relevant experience and / or education…”.
Today, surrounded by @slcCouncil Chair Erin Mendenhall & the dozens of women who lead @SLCgov, I signed #SLC‘s 1st Gender Pay Equity policy. As the Capital City, we have a responsibility to show others how promoting equity & fairness benefits our City. https://t.co/skPTmStDdW
— Mayor J. Biskupski (@slcmayor) March 1, 2018
Mayor Biskupski said that based on research she and her team conducted, women are still not paid equally in Salt Lake City.
According to a 2017 report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in Utah were paid 71 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, on average. In Salt Lake City specifically, women make on average $14,681 dollars less.
Mayor Biskupski hopes that this new policy will set the precedent for other cities and employers to move towards equal pay. She said, “With this policy, Salt Lake City will no longer allow systemic discrimination and historic pay disparity to impact future opportunities.
Watch Mayor Biskupski’s address here:
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