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Ohio Democrats Propose An Equal Pay Hotline to Combat Gender Pay Gap

Janine Boyd

Women in Ohio are paid 78 percent of what their male counterparts make, according to the American Association of University Women. Democratic state lawmakers want to create a new tool that could help close that wage gap. 

Democratic Rep. Janine Boyd of the Cleveland area wants to pass a bill that creates a toll-free equal pay hotline. Callers could anonymously report an issue and the person on the other end could collect more information to find out if that caller is a victim of wage discrimination.

“It would be a process that’s non-intimidating that’s available to people to report any sort of employment, wage disparities that they encounter,” Boyd said.

Boyd says the hotline has the potential to sway more lawmakers to do something about it. 

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.