Thanks for Always Fighting for Equal Pay!


Friday, January 29, 2016                                                                                              

              Representatives Gail Chasey and Brian Egolf Introduce the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Day Memorial

Today we celebrate shrinking the wage gap by strengthening equal pay laws



SANTA FE – Today, Representative Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) introduced the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Day Memorial commemorating the day that President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law.


“Women today are paid – on average – only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. The gap is even worse for women of color, African American women earn only 64 cents and Hispanic women earn only 55 cents for each dollar earned by men” said Representative Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque). “We still have a very long way to go to reach the parity that women deserve in the workplace, but thanks to fair pay champions like Lilly Ledbetter, we have the law on our side as we continue to fight for equal pay. Today we celebrate and commemorate the day that President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. We have so many women in New Mexico that are the sole providers for their families. New Mexicans believe that if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the opportunity to succeed. Women in New Mexico should not be paid less than men for the same work they perform.”


The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restores longstanding law and helps to ensure that individuals subjected to unlawful pay discrimination are able to effectively assert their rights under the federal anti-discrimination laws. Under the Act, each discriminatory paycheck, and resets the 180-day limit to file a claim.


All House members present voted in favor of the memorial.