Assemblywoman Griffin: New York Makes Strides toward Gender Equality with Equal Pay Law

Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre) announced that legislation she supported to help ensure all New Yorkers receive equal pay for equal work was signed into law (Ch. 93 of 2019). The law prohibits differentials in pay based on factors including age, race, gender identity or expression, national origin and religion.

“No one should be paid less for the same work, plain and simple,” Griffin said. “Yet while we all celebrated the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup victory this weekend, the persisting inequalities that plague these women and so many people in other fields cast a shadow over our festivities. It’s hard to imagine that in 2019 these incredible athletes, including our very own Crystal Dunn, would be paid less than their male counterparts. This type of injustice is happening in workplaces right here on Long Island, and this law will finally put this discrimination to an end by ensuring all the hardworking women across New York State are paid what they deserve.”

The law expands equal pay provisions for substantially similar work, prohibiting wage discrimination on the basis of gender. Other protected classes included under the law are military status, family status and marital status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status and other employees and interns protected under New York’s Human Rights Law. The law permits differential pay only when such pay is based on a seniority merit system.