Sen. Carlucci creates legislation to fight gender wage disparity

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The U.S. women's soccer team has proven themselves as elite, but they still make far less than the men's team.

Sen. David Carlucci has created legislation to fight the disparity. His bill, which passed the state Assembly and Senate and awaits the governor's signature, bans employers from asking applicants what their salary history is.

"That wage follows them. No matter what their skills are, their talents that they bring forward, they're still measured by what they were paid before,” he says.

Research shows women typically make 80 cents for every man's dollar. New York state is no exception, where women make 88 cents for every dollar paid to men.

The National Women's Law Center reports the nation's 20-cent gap amounts to a difference of $10,169 a year, and nearly $400,000 over 40 years.

"We have to pay people for their value. Allow people during the interview process to talk about their experience, talk about their education, talk about the value they're going to bring to the company,” says Carlucci.

Currently, only New York City, Albany, Westchester, and Suffolk counties have passed a wage history ban.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first female majority leader in New York's history, says it needs to be rolled out statewide.

"So many times people are paid much less than what they should be paid, and because they didn't know their value or the opportunities weren't there, they accepted it. So now, this bill says very clearly you look at the experience. It's a great piece of legislation. I'm hoping the governor signs it soon,” she says.

A spokesman from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said he supports the concept of the bill and they're finalizing their review.

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