This Wednesday, governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo signed a law prohibiting the gender wage gap for women to receive the same as men, also vetoing companies from asking about salary history during job interviews.
Cuomo sanctioned the state law that prevents unequal pay “at the base of a protected class for all substantially similar jobs” during the celebrations in New York of the feminine soccer team being world champions, who had turned wage demands into one of their signs of identity.
“There is no logical reason why women should not win the same as men. These soccer players play the same as men, and do it better, so if there is an economic reason, it is men who should earn less” Cuomo said at the celebratory parade.
The measures that came into force today, once signed by the governor, are part of the Justice for Women Agenda 2019, a program including protection for victims of sex trafficking, laws against workplace harassment and funding for single mothers so they can study at the university and get out of poverty.
“New York is going to continue to lead the way and to stand by women and girls throughout the state. By signing this legislation, we not only do the right thing, but also the morally correct and same pay for the same job is now law for the State of New York” the governor said.
This new legislation is based on two decrees signed by Cuomo last year, which forbade to evaluate candidates based on their income history, as well as requiring companies to contract with the State to make public their employee gender, race and ethnicity data.
The players of the US national soccer team are a clear example since last March 8, International Women’s Day, they filed a lawsuit against the National Football Federation for “institutionalized gender discrimination”.
The accusations focused not only on salary issues, but alsowhere they played and how often, how they were trained, medical treatments and the support received, and even the transportation to get to the matches.
Since then, the players have become symbols in favor of equal pay, with “equal pay!” as one of the most chanted slogans by their followers.