WAGE EQUITY NOW
Closing the raw wage gaps by 2030
An Act Relative to Pay Equity (Bill S.2721) would require employers to act on their commitment to pay equity by publicly reporting their wage data, providing information essential to measuring our progress toward racial and gender wage equity in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The bill also requires employers to provide the pay scale for any employment position upon advertising. This internal transparency is critical to employee moral, productivity, and equity.
According to the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, Greater Boston employers’ wage gaps have actually increased from $.23 to $.30 cents since 2013 for all women; while Black and Hispanic women earned $.49 and $.45 respectively compared to white men.
It is far past time to change the approach and require transparency and reporting at the company level.
In addition to requiring average compensation information by gender, race, and ethnicity, this bill also takes aim at requiring companies to tell applicants the salary range of the position they’re applying. This will level the playing field for women who are so often underrepresented at the top of the corporate ladder.
Visibility = accountability
By publicly reporting our wage and salary range, we’re responding to the call for action, creating a lever for change, and making progress toward gender and racial equity.