Study: Louisiana's gender pay disparity second highest in nation
Three bills at the Louisiana Legislature aims to correct gender pay disparity.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Do men earn more than women in Louisiana? A new study is says yes. In fact, it says the state has the second widest gender pay gap in the nation.
The American Association of University Women say on average men in Louisiana earn more than $46,000 per year and women earn a little more than $31,000 dollars per year. But if three lawmakers get their way that could soon change for state employees.
Democratic State House Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport and Democrat State Senators Karen Peterson and Ed Murray, both of New Orleans, are each trying to pass bills to get rid of discriminatory wage practices.
The sentiment among Shreveport residents is in agreement with the legislative attempt.
"Women work just as hard as men do and put in the same amount of time and effort in their jobs as them," says one woman.
Another woman agrees: "I think we should have more equal pay because you have more single women out there trying to raise their kids than men."
All three bills aim to do the same thing: require equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. The bill only applies to the state's public employees.
A spokesman for Peterson says this is the third time the senator has tried to pass this type of bill.
Critics of the state bills say the Federal Equal Employment Act already covers pay discrimination.