Wage disparities could widen for women and women of color in particular if either of two “Equal Pay” bills in the Mississippi Legislature become law, the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable and leading equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter warn.
The 2022 Legislative Session has been remarkably rapid, compared to some of the gridlock seen in the Mississippi Capitol during the pandemic era. With the deadline for general bills to pass out of their original chamber approaching this Thursday, some of the session’s most significant goals are already checked off.
Lilly Ledbetter was the catalyst in creation of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make clear that workers can challenge every discriminatory paycheck. Ledbetter along with Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable strongly encourages Mississippi lawmakers to not blindly pass equal-pay bills HB 770 and SB 2451 without amendments specifically catering to working women.