Why Do We Need This?
Current federal and state legislation hasn’t helped close the wage gap despite being in place for more than 50 years.
What's New in this Law?
The amended law prohibits retaliation if two employees in the same company discuss wages.
Improve Oklahoma's Economy
Equal wages would be good for Oklahoma’s economy. Women in Oklahoma would produce an additional $6.2 billion in income if they received equal pay.
Good for Business
Employers that switch from pay secrecy to a policy of open compensation experienced large and long-lasting boosts in productivity and employee satisfaction.
The gender pay gap is real, and it hurts women and families
Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Without this change and others, it’s estimated that women in Oklahoma won’t achieve equal pay for another 50 years or more.
Oklahoma’s Equal Pay Act seeks to decrease pay secrecy policies by prohibiting employers from punishing employees for disclosing their own wages or discussing a co-worker’s wages. It also increases fines for employers who aren’t paying women fairly.
- Get the Facts: Oklahoma Women & the Wage Gap
- Oklahoma’s Equal Pay Act – Learn More
- Women in Oklahoma are among lowest wage earners in U.S.
- ‘Pay secrecy’ is a deterent to working harder, study shows
- Sources & Additional Information