NEW ORLEANS - At the City Council meeting on January 26, 2017, District "D" Councilmember Brossett plans to introduce an ordinance establishing the Equal Pay Advisory Committee.
More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, women and people of color continue to suffer the consequences of pay inequality. In Louisiana, women make only 65 percent of that of their male counterparts.
Addressing wage disparity and pay equity has been long been a priority for Councilmember Brossett. As a result, in 2013, then State Representative Brossett co-authored Act 374, which created the "Equal Pay for Women Act". In 2015, he authored and the Council passed the first living wage law in the history of New Orleans.
In November 2016, he began working with the City Attorney and the Law Department to consider various options the City has regarding equal pay legislation.
The Equal Pay Advisory Committee will provide advice, feedback, guiding principles, policies and subject matter expertise to the New Orleans City Council on matters relating to pay equality, wage discrimination, and poverty.
It will tentatively consist of nine members who will be appointed as follows:
- Each Councilmember shall appoint one member to the advisory committee;
- The Director of the Office of Workforce Development shall serve on the committee or select a designee;
- And the Director of the Civil Service Department shall serve on the committee or select a designee.
"I'm glad Mayor Landrieu is joining in on the Council's fight for pay equity," said Councilmember Brossett. "From living wage to equal pay, I am committed to addressing wage discrimination and pay equity."
Brossett continued, "Pay inequality isn't just a women's issue; it is a family issue. This committee will serve to remedy the city-wide consequences of wage discrimination."