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SCC Office of Women's Policy to Explore Gender Wage Gap at Workshop

Panel to Discuss Why Wage Gap Exists, What Can be Done About it
During Santa Clara County’s Equal Pay Awareness Month, the Office of Women’s Policy and the Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative (BA=$C) are hosting a free lively panel presentation on why the wage gap between men and women persists, how it impacts individuals, families and communities, and actions needed to ensure fair pay. Speakers will address the wage gap in public and private workplaces, examine legal remedies, discuss strategies in specific cases, and share best practices for employees.  Two MCLE credits are offered.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 
Rachael Langston, Legal Aid Society; employment Law Center
Marcia Mitchell, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
Jennifer Reisch, Equal Rights Advocates
Ruth Silver Taube, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center; Legal Aid Society
Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
County Government Center, Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
70 West Hedding St. San Jose
Although women make up nearly half of the U.S. Labor force and are a significant growing source of income in their families, a wage gap exists between men and women in the U.S. Workforce (women make on average 77 cents for every dollar men earn).   This problem is not unique to the private sector. It happens in non-governmental and even public sector organizations. In terms of race and ethnicity, the pay gap affects all women and is larger among women of color.   African-American women make 64¢ for every dollar men earn.  Latinas make 53¢ for every dollar men earn.
This pay gap will be reflected in lost wages, reduced pensions and diminished Social Security Benefits. 
Topics to be addressed at the panel include how women negotiate an initial salary, the role of performance evaluations, bias in the workplace and other issues that impact salaries between men and women.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Julie Ramirez, SCC Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5135.
Posted:  April 2, 2014