(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement on Equal Pay Day:
“Equal Pay Day is an important reminder of how far we have come in our efforts to close the gender pay gap for women. Even still, there is much more work to be done. Pay discrimination affects women of every race and socioeconomic class, and can cost women who work full time almost $10,000 each year. The discrepancy in pay impacts not only a women’s salary throughout her career but also her retirement income. It is shameful that in this day and age women in our state still face this type of pay inequity and this hurts not only women, but families throughout New Jersey. I stand in solidarity with the women in our state, as well as across the country, who deserve to be paid equally for equal work.
“Thanks to the recent efforts of my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate, we are as close as ever to eliminating gender wage discrimination in New Jersey. Last month in the Assembly, we passed historic equal pay legislation that will ensure all women in New Jersey are valued based on their merit and not their gender by strengthening protections against employment discrimination. It is time that New Jersey sends the message that we will not tolerate wage discrimination and I am eagerly awaiting Governor Murphy signing this fundamental measure into law.”