Women lawmakers push for equal pay

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By: Capitol News Service
October 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- State lawmakers are back with legislation to close the pay gap between men and women in Florida.

On average, women make about 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The legislation puts harsh penalties on employers found to be practicing wage discrimination.

The bill also allows employees to sue for lost wages on the basis of wage discrimination.

Linda Stewart, Democratic member of the Florida Senate, said, "It is an issue of fairness. It is an issue of basic decency. When we steal from half of our workforce every hour of their working lives it impacts all of us. Our families and our ability to have a livelihood that we deserve."

Last year, the bill was never heard by a committee.

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