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Cuomo signs equal pay law ahead of victory parade for USWNT

July 11, 2019 05:22 AM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — Before celebrating the U.S. women's soccer team on their big win, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed pay equity legislation to close the gender wage gap in the state. 

On Wednesday, Cuomo signed into law legislation that expands equal pay laws to prohibit unequal pay for all substantially similar work and forbids employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. The law is part of Cuomo's Women's Justice Agenda.

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He also called on the United States Soccer Federation to pay the women's national team the same as the men's national team.

"There is no rationale why the women should not get paid what the men get paid," Cuomo said. "FIFA and the U.S. Soccer conference have done this team a disservice and an injustice. This law will make it clear in New York there isn't an option for an employer. You pay the same that you would pay a man. You have to pay a woman for the same work in the state of New York." 

New York City Mayor De Blasio also took shots at U.S. Soccer for the pay of the women's soccer team, saying as president he would model Title IX requirements, guaranteeing equal pay for women's and men's national sports teams.

"Our women are being ripped off," de Blasio said. "They are performing at the highest level, winning championships, bringing in tons of revenue, the highest ratings and yet they are not getting fair pay." This is unacceptable and it needs to change now. The Paycheck Fairness Act needs to be passed in this country."

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