**RELEASE** Wagner Holds Equal Pay Roundtable with Lowey, Galef

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***News Release***

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
Please Contact: Linna Loangkote | linna@justinwagner2012.com | (626) 758-7712
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Justin Wagner Hosts Equal Pay Roundtable Joined by Nita Lowey, Sandra Galef

Wagner and Leading Women Legislators Call for Passage of NYS Fair Pay Act
Peekskill, NY – Continuing its week-long focus on issues affecting women, the campaign of State Senate candidate Justin Wagner held a roundtable discussion and public forum on pay equality today at the Mt. Kisco Public Library, featuring prominent women legislators U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. Lowey, Galef, and Wagner all agreed that passage of the New York State Fair Pay Act (S. 2200) must be a priority for state legislators. Both in New York State and nationally, gender-based pay discrimination persists to this day, despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act more than forty years ago. Extremist Republicans in the Congress have fought to block national action to close the pay gap and enforce paycheck fairness, but it comes as a surprise to many New Yorkers that legislation on this issue is also blocked in Albany. “Equal pay for equal work shouldn’t be a debate – it should be the law,” said Wagner. “In New York, in the 21st century, women still only make about 82 cents on the dollar compared to men. This is both a moral and an economic issue — I want my daughter to grow up in a New York where her hard work will be rewarded based on results, not her gender. We need to pass Fair Pay Act in New York.” “When he was in the State Assembly, Senator Ball voted twice against the Fair Pay Act, and as a Senator, his Republican Senate majority has followed suit in not even allowing a vote on equal pay for New York’s women,” continued Wagner. “In New York and nationwide, women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey. “I am proud to stand with Justin Wagner in support of women’s rights and policies that treat women and families fairly.” “We vote affirmatively on the New York State Fair Pay Act year after year in the State Assembly, and it falls on deaf ears in the Senate. We need Justin Wagner in the Senate to vote to make this the law of our state, and give equity to women’s paychecks now and their pensions and social security payments in the future,” commented Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. The Fair Pay Act (S. 2200)The New York State Fair Pay Act (S. 2200) would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race and/or national origin for work in equivalent jobs. It would further prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share information on their salaries. Wagner commented: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant. No employer should have the right to silence employees and prevent the truth from coming out when it comes to workplace discrimination.” Ball’s campaign has claimed, through letters to the editor submitted by an intern, that Ball’s sponsorship of different legislation, S.7057, constitutes support for equal pay. However, a cursory examination reveals that S. 7057 only applies to New York State civil service employees. Moreover, the legislation was introduced in late April, only a month before the end of the 2012 legislative session and the beginning of the campaign season. Unsurprisingly, it made no progress in the short time it was pending. “We’ve all seen Greg Ball’s pink ‘Women for Ball’ lawn signs – but Greg Ball hasn’t gotten anything done on the issues that affect Hudson Valley women,” said Wagner. “Greg Ball is against fair pay, and he has a 100% anti-choice voting record. It’s time the Hudson Valley had a senator who will deliver more for women than pink lawn signs.”

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