Democrats introduce bill seeking equal pay in favor of equal work for state workers

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that seeks to ensure all state employees are being paid equally for equal work.

“With so many positions being changed from classified to unclassified, we can’t be too sure they’re all earning what they deserve,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “This comes at the same time Gov. Brownback introduced legislation making significant policy changes for state employees, including making even more positions unclassified. State employees commit their lives to serving Kansas; it is important the state returns the favor.”

Senate Bill 208 requires the Secretary of Administration to conduct a study to determine whether any state employee is being paid a wage less than an employee of the opposite sex, but both employees are in positions that require equal work, skill, effort, and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions. The study must be completed by January 11, 2016.

“This bill is a great first step in ensuring male and female state employees are being paid equally,” said Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau of Wichita and is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs where the bill is likely to be assigned. “This is just the right thing to do. If they serve the state equally, they should be paid equally.”

If cases of inequities in pay are found by the study, the Secretary of Administration is required to plan to remedy the problem and present it to leaders of the Kansas Legislature along with the results of the study. The bill has yet to be assigned to a committee.


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