Today marked a giant step forward for gender equality, as the New York legislature passed several crucial equal pay measures. Championed by Governor Cuomo as part of his Women’s Justice Agenda, the new laws—including one prohibiting employers from asking job applicants for their salary history—will help ensure women are treated equally and fairly in the workplace.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and take action against the widespread sexual harassment and violence in our communities. This month, we are partnering with the Bandana Project to lift up and support migrant farmworkers in their fight against rampant sexual violence on the job.
A Better Balance attended the hearing in Albany along with many of our partners and submitted testimony to give voice to some of our client’s incredibly difficult experiences and to offer a host of recommendations.
ABB has previously highlighted Judge Kavanaugh’s troubling judicial record and the negative impact that his presence on the Supreme Court could have on women, low-wage workers, and other vulnerable groups. These recent allegations of sexual assault raise new and urgent concerns about his nomination.
As part of this fight to end sexual violence and harassment, we want to ensure that workers understand what their rights are in the workplace. Sexual harassment is physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature or conduct based on your sex that unreasonably interferes with your work performance, affects your employment, or makes your place intimidating, hostile or offensive.
In his budget, Governor Cuomo offered a bold set of proposals to advance women’s rights, building on his leadership on women’s rights and commitment to level the playing field. Unfortunately, some of these proposals are at risk of getting cut from the final budget due to opposition from the New York State Senate.