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Fair pay has been a long and hard fought battle, and it’s not over yet. For instance, the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau reported in 2015, the gender earnings ratio (women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s) for full-time, year-round workers was 79.6 percent (up from 60.2 percent in 1980). White, non-Hispanic women as well as Asian women out-earn Black and Hispanic women.

A bill recently introduced in the California State Senate, ifrace discrimination passed, will continue to push even further to equality. SB-1284 was recently introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) with the intent of more closely monitoring pay data at companies with 100 or more employees, and theoretically keeping companies more accountable for disparate wages

The bill would establish an annual check-in in which California incorporated employers that fit the total employee requirements would submit a pay data report to the Department of Industrial Relations. The department operates within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and is designed to “foster, promote, and develop the wage earners of California, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.” The report submission period would happen every September beginning in 2019. Continue reading

Two years ago, California enacted a “Ban the Box” law, one of 20 states to have done so, as a way to stop the automatic exclusion of job seekers with criminal backgrounds. teen1

The idea was to aid some 7 million Californians – 1 in every 4 residents in the state – with criminal backgrounds from being discriminated against. A disproportionate number of those individuals with spotty records are minorities, and African Americans in particular. More than a dozen cities individually have adopted the measure, according tot he National Employment Law Project.

So, has it worked?

Actually, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and Princeton University that while the policy may help those with criminal records have a better chance at finding employment, it also increases racial discrimination by employers.  Continue reading