Yet another progressive executive order from Gov. Whitmer charts
Michigan on right path
LANSING, Jan. 8, 2019: Governor Gretchen Whitmer has
signed an executive order aimed at ensuring equal pay for
equal work for state employees, again earning praise from
Progress Michigan. The gender wage gap is an issue the
watchdog organization has been lifting up for years, and it’s
pleased to see progress made on this front.
The order “prohibits state
agencies and departments from inquiring about a job applicant’s
current or previous salaries until a conditional offer of
employment, including proposed compensation, is made. Further,
it prohibits retrieval of the same information by searching
public records or databases,” according to a media release from
Gov. Whitmer is wasting no time showing that equality is at the
top of her mind as she works to drive Michigan in a new
direction. This executive order helps address long-term pay
discrimination that has plagued our state for too long.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work, and while work remains
to be done to ensure true freedom and equality in the workplace,
the governor is showing great leadership on this issue. This is
yet another example of how women are taking the lead to make
real change in Michigan to benefit every family and community
across this state.
Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan.