I wanted to send you this update on the
legislation in PA to end asking invasive
questions during job interviews.
Please listen to this NPR Interview:
Pennsylvania Moms Fight Bias in Hiring
Also, here’s my closing statement for this year
on the legislation:
At the end of November
2006, the hopes and dreams of women, especially
mothers, to obtain a job with dignity and
respect in Pennsylvania, died on the steps of
the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as
a result of complete, deliberate and intentional
neglect by the committee chairmen of the Senate
Labor and Industry Committee and the House
Judiciary Committee who held the fate of SB440
and HB352 in their hands.
Despite public outcry from
women all over Pennsylvania and the United
States of America who signed petitions at
www.momsrising.org and other individuals who
called and wrote to these chairmen directly,
their pleas for these male lawmakers to bring
these bills to their committees for a vote fell
on deaf ears.
HB352 and SB440 from the
04-06 legislative session were predeceased by
HB65 and SB131 (02-04 legislative session) and
HB1718 and SB1261 (00-02 legislative session).
These bills added only TWO words to the 51 year
old Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. When
enacted, these bills would prohibit employers
from asking job candidates about their
marital/familial status during job interviews
(as is currently the law in 28 states).
Ironically, these questions are rarely if ever
asked to men during interviews. Women are even
paid less for their work because of having to
divulge their childbearing status during job
Are the rumors that this is
a misogynistic state really true?
As I don my traditional
funeral attire and mourn for the loss of yet
another chance that women receive fair and equal
treatment in the workforce through updated
legislation, I ponder why the continuous
repression of women and their children?
HB352 and SB440 are
survived by women everywhere who believe in
equality and justice and are trying to provide
the best they can for their families. May our
legacy continue and our efforts quadruple next
session to get the next set of bills passed.
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