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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  62

Joint resolution commemorating the observance of 2008 Equal Pay Day

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Acinapura of Brandon, Deen of Westminster, Howard of Rutland City, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Klein of East Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Miller of Shaftsbury and Weston of Burlington

Whereas, in 1996, the National Committee on Pay Equity established Equal Pay Day to illustrate the earnings’ gap between men and women, and

Whereas, the date each year on which this observance occurs is on a Tuesday in April in order to highlight that a woman will typically not earn as much annual compensation as a man earns in one year until April of the following year, and not as much on a weekly basis until the Tuesday of the subsequent workweek, and

Whereas, the gap between women and men is even greater for lower wage earners than for persons who earn a higher salary, and

Whereas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, when the federal Equal Pay Act was adopted in 1963, women were only earning 59 cents for every dollar a man earned, and by 2006, the amount a woman typically earned for each dollar a man earned had risen to 76.9 cents, and

Whereas, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear, which required that employees must file a wage discrimination action against an employer within 180 days, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on July 31, 2007, clarifying that each discriminatory paycheck is a new act of discrimination, and a parallel measure, the Fair Pay Restoration Act, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, and

Whereas, the challenge of women’s pay equity is still present in our society 45 years after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, and it will remain a public policy issue of great importance until women and men earn the same amount of wages for equal work, and

Whereas, Equal Pay Day helps to keep this indefensible disparity in the public eye, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly commemorates the 2008 observance of Equal Pay Day and the importance of keeping the issue of women’s pay inequity in the forefront of the public policy arena, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Business and Professional Women in Burlington.

____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House

____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives



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