No surprise: women still face pay disparities in New York


The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a study showing that, on average, New York women earn 87 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.

Median annual pay for a woman with a full-time, year-round job is $44,781, compared to $51,580 for men, says the analysis, which the organization released in advance of Equal Pay Day on Tuesday.  The partnership says that women miss out on $20 billion in income each year due to the disparity.

The disparity is worse for black women (66 cents on the dollar), Hispanic women (56 cents on the dollar), and Asian women (80 cents on the dollar), when compared to white men, says the analysis. And nationally, women earn an average of 79 cents on the dollar compared to men.

The partnership, which backed and won a crucial Supreme Court case on workplace sexual harassment and which has advocated for measures such as the Family Medical Leave Act, is using its analysis to push Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation is meant to close loopholes in existing equal pay laws; an employer would be prohibited from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay and would have to justify discrepancies in pay, for example.

Last year, New York passed similar legislation which, specifically said that companies cannot threaten employees with termination or suspension for discussing their salaries.