Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner’s Statement Regarding Equal Pay for All New Yorkers

Bronx, N.Y. – Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D – Bronx, 77th AD), along with her colleagues, passed several bills (A4696, A2425, A0658, A2549) in the New York State Assembly – that guarantees equal pay for equal work in commemoration of National Equal Pay Day.

“By ensuring equal pay protections across the board for all women, we will not only be helping those hardworking women that struggle to make ends meet, but also empowering them to support their households and their families,” said Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner.

With a substantial 47% of the overall workforce in the United States being women who earn 79 cents for every dollar that men make in our country, the proposed measures narrow the wage gap by eliminating wage inequality in job titles and position classifications (A0658). They also establish a mechanism for public employees to enforce their right of equal pay for equal work (A2425).

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner added “In New York State, women make 84% of what men earn, and the pay gap only worsens as women age. As a woman and as the Women of Color Subcommittee’s Co-Chair, I fully support the ongoing efforts of the Assembly majority to close the wage gap and eliminate disparities. These efforts will promote financial security as well as rectify this deplorable injustice facing our diverse societies, while moving our communities in the Bronx and across the state toward equal pay for equal work.”