Fighting for equal pay

Several community members say they're uncertain if the wage gap between genders will ever close.

Posted: Apr. 10, 2018 9:56 PM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018 10:36 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- April 10th is equal pay day. A day that's casts a light on the wage gap between men and women. KIMIT News 3's Jeremiah Wilcox talked with several people today who say they are uncertain when if ever that gap will be closed. Brittany Tran- Maass is studying to become a nutritional psychologist and said it’s upsetting in 2018 this should not be an issue.

“It makes me think that when i go into my career am i going to get paid the exact same or am i going to get paid lower.”

We also spoke to Rochester American Association of University Women President Sara Staab. she says having pay equity helps everyone by boosting the economy.

“It's that much more income to support their families and contribute to the local communities and state and national economy as well.“

Senator Tina Smith is co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act that will make it difficult to defend wage discrimination claims. it would make it illegal to require an employee to sign a contract stoping employees from talking about wages. The Act is now reviewed by a committee in the United State Senate.

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