On Tuesday afternoon, advocates from several groups in the Central Florida region held a press conference in Downtown Orlando promoting legislation currently being considered in Tallahassee that would promote equal pay for women.
The “Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act” is being sponsored by Orlando State Senator Linda Stewart and would specify which factors employers could use to determine differences in pay, such as education, experience, or seniority.
“Their aim is to close the pay gap for women across the state of Florida” said Stephanie Tucker, Chair of the ALCU Women’s Rights Task Force in Central Florida “We’re working to end discrimination against all workers regardless of their sex, race, national origin, age and disability because we believe all workers are entitled to equal pay for every dollar they have rightfully earned.
The legislation would also prohibit employers from screening job applicants based on prior wages and bar them from taking retaliatory action against an employee who discloses their wage while, prohibiting employers from discrimination towards employees based on their sex or gender identity.
Because of it’s Democratic sponsors, the legislation faces an uphill climb in the Republican controlled legislature
The Orlando press conference was done in cooperation with similar events around the state in cities like Other groups on hand included the League of Women’s Voters, Planned Parenthood and Greater Orlando NOW.
Congressman Darren Soto was also on hand to voice his support for the cause.
“It was only a few weeks ago when hundreds of thousands of women and allies like myself marched on Washington and across this nation to demand respect.” said Soto “This is not just a women’s issue but an issue for all Americans.”