Equal pay bill fails Arkansas House committee

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(4/3/19) On Equal Pay Day, an Arkansas Democrat ran her bill for the first time to require state agencies to pay men and women equally. 

But it failed. 

State Representative Tippi McCullough’s legislation would also encourage all employers to eliminate wage differentials. 

Reward businesses who lead in equal pay and provide girls and women with salary negotiation training. 

Two of the Republican female lawmakers on the House committee spoke against the bill.

“I personally believe that men have been discriminated against for the last number of years, and I think this legislation will not achieve what it needs to. I just think that it’s just unneeded,” says St. Rep. Karilyn Brown (R-Sherwood).

McCullough acknowledged legislative efforts to equalize pay but noted in Arkansas white women make about 80 percent of what men make, black women make 65 percent and Latina women make 50 percent. 

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