State Treasurer Candidate Pushes Equal Pay Legislation

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn two-thirds of what men earn.

Rep. Connie Pillich, a candidate for State Treasurer, is working for equal pay for women and men.

While President Barack Obama signed executive actions to improve equal pay Tuesday, Rep. Pillich was pushing her own equal pay legislations.

Her bill, which has had one committee hearing, essentially makes it easier for women to sue if their employers if they’re denied the same pay as their male counterparts.

“It just simply allows women to have access to court, to local courthouses, if they’ve been the victim of gender discrimination as far as wage is concerned,” Pillich said.

Pillich said she’s shocked that equal pay is still an issue.

“The studies and analyses that I have read say that pay discrimination is alive and well not just in Ohio, but across the country, and the data that I looked at it begins the first month out of college,” said Pillich. 

Caleigh Bourgeois is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. Follow her on Twitter @caleighreports.