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For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2015
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Commissioner Rebeca Sosa continues championing equal pay for equal work


(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, urging the Florida Legislature to address the disparity in pay between men and women. 

It is estimated that full-time female workers earn only about 77 percent of full-time male workers’ salaries. Moreover, the discrepancy widens further for African-American women who earn 64 cents and Hispanic women who earn 56 cents for each dollar earned by a Caucasian man. This resolution is the latest in a series of legislative items, sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, championing equal pay for equal work. In 2013 and 2014, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolutions No. R-459-13 and No. R-826-14 respectively, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963, declaring the 10th day of June as Equal Pay Act of 1963 Day and urging State lawmakers to pass equal pay laws.

“Equal pay for equal work. It is that simple,” said Commissioner Sosa. “With women increasingly becoming the sole breadwinners, inequality of pay is proving to be a substantial burden on society. I remain committed on fighting for this issue and hope the day is near when we can see an end to this disparity.”

 Link to legislation: https://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152580.pdf