Bloomberg Law
Feb. 16, 2021, 10:30 AM

Pandemic, Racial Protests Driving New Wave of Pay Equity Bills

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Proponents of legislative efforts to close the persistent pay gap in the U.S. believe the Covid-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement will provide leverage to pass new federal and state proposals this year.

Early data from the pandemic revealed women and workers of color have been disproportionately impacted by pay cuts, job losses, and other economic fallout. The cumulative effects have exacerbated the pay gap, advocates say, and prompted a host of new state laws passed in 2020 targeting inequities in compensation.

Now, with Democrats holding the levers of power in Washington, House Democrats are mounting a renewed effort ...

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