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Oregon Senate Approves Equal Pay Legislation


The Oregon State Capitol in Salem on March 18, 2017.

The Oregon State Capitol in Salem on March 18, 2017.

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The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make sure women are paid the same rate as men for the same work.

“This is a victory for women, people of color and others who earn less even though they do the same work as their coworkers,” said Sen. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland, who championed the bill. “This bill requires that compensation decisions be fair and based only on legitimate job-related factors.”

House Bill 2005, also called the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017, now goes back to the House for concurrence with Senate amendments.

Despite existing federal protections, women in Oregon are paid 82 cents for every dollar men are paid, amounting to an annual wage gap of around $8,393, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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