Understanding Your Right to Pay Equity in New York!

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May 30, 2023

Today, women in the workforce, especially women of color, continue to face high rates of pay discrimination, which can follow them throughout their lives. Not only are women paid less for doing the same work as men, women are typically segregated into lower-wage jobs where they face higher rates of workplace violations, including sexual harassment and wage theft. While pay discrimination can sometimes be difficult to identify, New York has passed a series of laws that workers can use to challenge unequal pay.

Even with these laws in effect, New Yorkers file very few equal pay complaints, highlighting that a further barrier to pay equity in New York is a lack of awareness of the protections available to workers. Legal Momentum created our new resource, “Understanding Your Right to Pay Equity in New York,” so that New Yorkers are not only aware of the protections available to them, but also know how to use them. It provides workers with a general overview of core pay equity protections, guidance on how to talk to their employers about pay equity concerns, and information on how to assert their rights, including a list of NYS agencies they can contact for additional assistance. 


Download the full resource below. 

  • Workplace Equality and Economic Empowerment
  • Women Valued Initiative


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