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In New York State, black women earn 65 cents for every dollar a non-Hispanic white male makes doing similar work. A local group is trying to change that. We talk to members of the Pay Equity Coalition in advance of the Black/African American Equal Pay Day rally and press conference on August 22. The date symbolizes how far into the year African American women must work, on average, to earn what non-Hispanic white men earned the previous year.

Our guests share their experiences in the workplace and the impact of the pay disparity. In studio:

We're joined by a coach who helps our guests walk through the process of a salary negotiation. It's a mock negotiation where our guests ask for a raise, and we learn tips for how have the most effective conversation possible.

We also discuss structural issues that lead to pay disparities in this country. In studio:

  • Rachel Roberts, associate professor of music leadership, and graduate degree program director at the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music
  • Irene Kannyo, creator, executive producer, and host of No Labels, Included on WAYO 104.3 FM
  • Hilda Rosario Escher, former president and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League, and executive vice president for government and community affairs at All American Home Care 

Hispanic women are paid 54 cents on the dollar earned by white men. That's according to the Economic Policy Institute. In advance of Equal Pay Day, we discuss the gender pay gap, and what’s known as the double gap for Latinas

In studio:

  • Gaynelle Wethers, president of AAUW
  • Jackie Ortiz, member of Rochester City Council
  • Julie Damerell, associate professor emeritus at MCC; and volunteer for League of Women Voters, Action Together Rochester, and the Worker Justice Center Green Light campaign; and member of Rochester NOW and AAUW

When Google recently analyzed employee salaries, it discovered a group of men were collectively paid less than their female colleagues. That prompted the company to quickly correct the disparity. Critics say Google and other companies don't do the same or move as quickly when women are paid too little.

Our guests discuss the issue. In studio:

  • Sharon Stiller, partner and director of the employment law practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
  • Beth Cordello, chair of the employment law practice at Pullano & Farrow
  • Melanie Wolk, partner at Trevett Cristo

National Equal Pay Day just passed, and we’re taking a look at the state of inequality in pay between genders. We also look at new legislation related to sexual harassment in the workplace.

In studio:

  • Beth Cordello, chair of the labor and employment practice group at Pullano & Farrow
  • Julie Damerell, associate professor emeritus at MCC

Equal Pay Day seeks to highlight the gender pay gap, with ideas on how to close it. In our area, the Coalition of Pay Equity was designed to examine differences in pay between different groups.

We check in on COPE's surveys -- what they've learned, and what we can do to eliminate various gaps. Our guests: 

  • Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester
  • Cynthia Herriott, vice president for public policy for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) New York Board
  • Deborah Hughes, executive director, Susan B. Anthony Museum and House

Connections: Is There a Gender Pay Gap in Rochester?

Apr 13, 2015

Is there a gender pay gap in the Rochester area? We could soon find out, thanks to a new study. Tuesday, April 14th marks Equal Pay Day, which is a day meant to signify how much longer a woman would have had to work to equal what a man made in 2014. What do the numbers say? And what are the proposals to eliminate the tendency of men to get paid more for the same work, simply because they push harder in negotiations? Our guests include: