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Attorney General And EEOC To Host Equal Pay Conference

CONTACT: Julio Thompson, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5519

April 17, 2012

April 17 is Equal Pay Day, which commemorates the fact that nationwide women earn only about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. The date, designated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, represents how far into 2012 women would have to work, after working all of 2011, to earn what men earned in 2011 alone. Vermont women fare only slightly better, earning roughly 84 cents per dollar earned by men, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. African American women living in Vermont earn just 76 cents per dollar earned by men.

As part of continuing efforts to close the gender wage gap, Attorney General William H. Sorrell and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will host a day-long Equal Pay Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington on Wednesday, June 27. Participants will include community stakeholders and advocates, business groups, and labor representatives.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, a leading sponsor of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, will make a video presentation in the morning session, which will include discussions regarding state and federal equal pay enforcement and business best practices.

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin will open the afternoon session, which will focus on how Vermont can achieve equal pay and will include break-out sessions on legal compliance, education and outreach, and legislative initiatives. Governor Kunin’s longstanding advocacy for women’s rights in the workplace includes her most recent book, The New Feminist Agenda, Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, which will be released this May.

Advance registration is required and begins May 15. The conference is free. For future updates, check the Attorney General’s website at: www.atg.state.vt.us under “Employment Law.” Inquiries and registration requests may be submitted to this e-mail address: equalpay@atg.state.vt.us

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