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House Dems Propose Creating Equal Pay Hotline

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Janine Boyd, Ohio Democratic representative

Studies show that women in Ohio are paid 78 percent of what their male counterparts make. Democratic state lawmakers want to create a new tool that could help close that wage gap.

Democratic Representative Janine Boyd of the Cleveland area wants to pass a bill that creates a toll-free equal pay hotline. Callers could anonymously report an issue and the person on the other end could collect more information to find out if that caller is a victim of wage discrimination.

“It would be a process that’s non-intimidating, that’s available to people to report any sort of employment, wage disparities that they encounter,” Boyd says.

Boyd says the hotline can shine a light on the topic of equal pay and has the potential to sway more lawmakers to do something about it.