State Representative Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, introduced a bill that would prohibit gender pay inequities for state employees. “It’s important to remedy problems where they exist. And also to send a message to everybody in South Carolina that the government of this state doesn’t sanction or tolerate discrimination.” Stavrinakis said.
It would prohibit discrimination in pay based solely on gender. “It allows legitimate reasons like training, education, seniority system, a merit pay system, things like that. Said Stavrinakis.
Stavrinakis said research reviled inequities. “We know there’s discrepancy in pay between men women in South Carolina. The average difference in median income is about $10,000. And we’ve been through some data and literally seen dozen of examples.” Stavrinakis said.
South Carolina is one of only four states with no form of equal pay for state workers.