Whitmer Sends Strong Message with Equal Pay EO

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News from Progress Michigan

January 8, 2019

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Whitmer Sends Strong Message with Equal Pay EO

Yet another progressive executive order from Gov. Whitmer charts Michigan on right path

LANSING — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order aimed at ensuring equal pay for equal work for state employees, again earning praise from Progress Michigan. The gender wage gap is an issue the watchdog organization has been lifting up for years, and it’s pleased to see progress made on this front.

The order “prohibits state agencies and departments from inquiring about a job applicant’s current or previous salaries until a conditional offer of employment, including proposed compensation, is made. Further, it prohibits retrieval of the same information by searching public records or databases,” according to a media release from Whitmer’s office.

“Gov. Whitmer is wasting no time showing that equality is at the top of her mind as she works to drive Michigan in a new direction. This executive order helps address long-term pay discrimination that has plagued our state for too long,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Women deserve equal pay for equal work, and while work remains to be done to ensure true freedom and equality in the workplace, the governor is showing great leadership on this issue. This is yet another example of how women are taking the lead to make real change in Michigan to benefit every family and community across this state.”

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