On May 19th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed one of the most progressive and ahead-of-the-curve Equal Pay bill in the nation. Thanks in no small part to the hard work of Maryland Working Families!
The Huffington Post quotes Maryland Working Families State Director Charly Carter, “It is the dirty little secret that no one likes to talk about.” She’s right. Women in every state and in nearly every occupation are paid less than a man for doing the same job.1 But thanks to the new law, women in Maryland — and their families they support — will begin to see the tide turning.
What does the new law do? It closes loopholes that some companies could use to avoid pay transparency. Employees can now talk to each other about their salaries without retaliation from their employer. The new law also enables women to sue their employer over a gender-based wage gap.
“It really makes Maryland a leader in the equal pay movement,” Charly Carter told Vox in a recent interview.