Take the California Pay Equity Pledge!

We have an exciting new initiative to help address pay inequity in California that we hope you’ll be a part of!   

As you know, policies that ensure equal pay for all Americans help businesses attract the strongest talent, boost productivity, and benefit our economy.  Unfortunately, women working full time in the United States are typically paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. The number is even lower for women of color. Latinas in the U.S. are typically paid 53 cents for every dollar paid to white men and black women make 61 cents on that same dollar. 

In recent years, California has taken critical steps to close this gap by passing the strongest pay equity law in the nation, the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358 – Jackson).  To promote proactive compliance, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls launched a statewide Pay Equity Task Force. Task Force members included employee advocates, small and large employers, policymakers, experts in human resources and compensation practices, social scientists and legal and other experts from the public and private sectors.  

As a result, several comprehensive resources, guidelines, and best practices are now available to assist employees, those seeking employment, and employers to better understand equal pay rights, the importance of gender equity in the workplace, and how to get to pay equity.

To this end, the Commission and the Office of California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom are partnering to promote these resources and challenge businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge.  By signing the pledge, your business commits to:

  • Conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis;
  • Review hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers;
  • Identify and promote other best practices that will close the pay gap to ensure fundamental equity for all workers.

By joining this effort, you will receive the CA Pay Equity Task Force seal to display on your company website and hiring materials.

We hope we can count on you as an equal pay champion and announce your support at our upcoming CA Pay Equity Launch on April 1, 2019.

We look forward to partnering with you as we move towards pay equity in California.

DISCLAIMER: The materials provided on this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain legal advice about any particular issue or problem. The materials do not represent the opinions or conclusions of individual members of the Task Force. The posting of these materials does not create requirements or mandates.