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Avakian Proposes Using Secretary of State’s Office to Promote Equal Pay for Equal Work

PORTLAND – Today, Brad Avakian, the state’s Labor Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, announced his plan to use the Secretary of State’s office to ensure female employees earn equal pay for equal work.

April 12th is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Avakian will use the Audits Division to audit the pay differential between female state employees and their male counterparts. By auditing and investigating any inequalities in pay, the Secretary of State can ensure public agencies and private companies contracting with the state are implementing an equal pay for equal work policy.

The Secretary of State’s Audit Division is responsible for auditing public agencies and state contracts to ensure compliance with Oregon law. This includes financial and performance audits, which can cover an array of topics.

“When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so does their family,” Avakian said. “As Secretary of State I will investigate any instance of a public agency failing to pay a woman the same rate as her male colleagues and partner with enforcement agencies to correct the injustice immediately.”

The Mother PAC applauded Brad Avakian’s statement.

"Oregon women deserve more economic fairness and opportunity. Without it, they and the families who depend on them will continue to suffer financially, which means less access to basic needs like housing, healthcare, and childcare,” said Andrea Paluso, Executive Director of The Mother PAC. “Brad Avakian’s ongoing commitment to equal pay for women in Oregon — from the 2014 Oregon Council on Civil Rights' report he commissioned to his advocacy for Oregon's Paycheck Fairness Act in 2015 — are just a few of the many reasons he earned our endorsement.”

Posted on April 12, 2016 in press releases.

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