“Equal pay is a family issue, not just a women’s issue,” said Rep. Joni Jenkins, the bill’s sponsor, in a press release from the HDC. “This affects everyone in Kentucky. Taking money out of women’s pockets takes money out of families’ pockets.”
At issue is whether or not the bill was necessary and whether it would have been effective in defining “comparable worth,” adding to gender-based wage discrimination laws already on the books. The bill defines comparable worth as “the value of the work measured by the skill, effort and responsibility usually required in the performance of the work.”
Carr told The Cadiz Record that he had been wary of voting for the bill because it was unclear who would make that determination in applying it to jobs. He said that since there are already laws that prohibit gender discrimination in wages, the bill was unnecessary and would be adding more government to something that has already been taken care of. He said he was afraid that a government agency would have to define which jobs were of comparable worth and that he felt that should be left up to the employer in a free enterprise system.
“It would have cost taxpayers more money and it takes authority away from the employer,” Carr said.
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