May 9, 2014

Council Introduces Executive’s Pay Equity Bill

Lending support to County Executive Ike Leggett’s discussion of his pay equity bill that was introduced by the County Council on May 6 were (from left): Reggie Oldak, senior counsel and director of Government Relations for the National Women’s Law Center; Chandra Walker Holloway, president of the Montgomery County Commission for Women; County Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Leggett; and County Councilmember Nancy Navarro.

On “National Equal Pay Day,” April 8, County Executive Leggett joined President Obama’s call for equal pay for equal work and vowed to introduce legislation in Montgomery County that would address the “pay secrecy” that often keeps workers from seeking more equitable compensation.

On May 6, the County Council introduced Bill 29-14 that would: require certain County contractors to report summary data, including data by gender and race, paid to their employees who work on County contracts; prohibit certain County contractors from retaliating against certain employees that disclose salary information to another person or employee; and generally amend County wage requirements law for contractors.

A public hearing on the bill will be scheduled at a later date.