BOSTON – Today, Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) appointed Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) to serve on the Pay Equity Special Commission. The special commission will investigate, analyze and study the factors, causes and impact of pay disparity, building on Senator Jehlen’s landmark equal pay legislation that was signed into law in 2016.
“I’m humbled and honored to be appointed to this commission by Senate President Chandler and am eager to work with the commission to address the wage gap and create equal opportunities for all workers in Massachusetts,” said Senator Friedman. “While we’ve made strides in our state in recent years to close the wage gap, there is still so much to be done. The persistent gender wage gap continues to impact the livelihood of many women, especially women of color, placing an enormous strain on families across the Commonwealth. My hope is that the work of this commission will get us one step closer to closing the pay gap and finally leveling the playing field for all workers in our state.”