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Attorney General and EEOC Host Equal Pay Conference
On June 27 Attorney General Bill Sorrell and the New York and Boston offices of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hosted an Equal Pay Conference at the University of Vermont. The Attorney General’s Office works with the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor to enforce laws designed to ensure equal pay for equal work.
Watch Online. Portions of the conference, including the features speakers listed below, were recorded by Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television. You may watch the conference online here and here.
Attorney General Bill Sorrell opened the conference with a call for renewed efforts to close the wage gap, in which women nationwide earn about 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Though Vermont women fare slightly better (earning 84 cents on the dollar), more work remains to be done. United States Senator Patrick Leahy provided video-recorded remarks regarding federal legislation to end pay inequality. (Video at 16:30). Former Vermont Governor Madeline Kunin advocated for greater wage transparency and more family-friendly leave and scheduling policies.
Lisa M. Schnall, Senior Attorney Advisor in the EEOC Office of Legal Counsel addressed the EEOC’s increased enforcement and outreach efforts regarding pay equality. (Video at 28:30).
The EEOC has issued a brief summary of federal pay discrimination laws as well as detailed (43-page) legal guidance. You may call the EEOC’s Office of Legal Counsel with questions about private sector employers at (202)663-4691, and direct questions about federal employment to EEOC attorneys at (202) 663-4599.
The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau provides a guide to its numerous publications regarding legal protections and policies involving the interests of working women.
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) offers employers with federal contracts step-by-step guidelines on how to comply with equal pay laws.
The Vermont Commission on Women provides employers with guidelines on how to conduct an equal pay self-audit.
The National Partnership on Women and Families offers numerous publications regarding pay equality, including its State-By-State Report on the Effect of the Wage Gap on Working Families.
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