2007 Senate Bill 417

Mandate “comparable worth” pay

Introduced in the Senate

April 19, 2007

Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D-18)

To prohibit paying a person a wage or salary that is less than an amount established under a proposed interpretation of “comparable worth,” making doing so a civil rights law violation. The bill would prohibit different levels of compensation for work of “comparable value,” meaning a “comparable composite skill, responsibility, effort, education or training, and working conditions.” The bill does not specify how different kinds of work (as opposed to different people doing the same work) would be compared with regard to these various criteria.

Referred to the Committee on Commerce and Tourism