A Republican party official in Wasatch County recently criticized a bill that addresses a pay gap in the workforce. According to the Washington Post, James Green “said that men have traditionally earned more than women and, citing ‘simple economics,’ argued that things should stay that way.” Green’s letter to the editor, published in two Utah newspapers, produced a backlash and prompted him to write an apology and resign as vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party.
State Senator Jacob Anderegg’s (R-Lehi) SB 210 would “commission a study on whether there’s a pay gap between male and female workers in the Utah, ...require certain employers to adopt a uniform criteria that will be used to determine whether someone should get a raise based on performance, and ...create a pay index that states the average pay range for each occupation based on years of experience.” (Washington Post)
We’ll talk about the wage gap on Wednesday’s Access Utah. What do you think? Have you experienced a wage gap? Do you support Sen. Anderegg’s bill? Does his bill go far enough? What can and should be done? You can comment right now to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can call us at 1.800.826.1495 during the show Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.