City of Columbus and 60 companies commit to equal pay pledge

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The equity pay act has been the law since 1963. Yet women still say they are getting paid far less than men for equal work.

Nationwide women make 78 cents on every dollar a man earns. African-American women earn 63 cents on the dollar, while Latina women earn 54 cents.

With a stroke of a pen, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther promised that from now on, women who apply for jobs in the city will receive equal pay for equal work. It's something women say is long overdue.

"I think it's an excellent step forward because a lot of households are controlled or run by women," Vicki Saunders said.

"Equal pay regardless of your gender should be a non-starter and no-brainer and I applaud the city for doing that," Tamara James said.

First Lady Shannon Ginther, who championed the cause, says 60 local companies like AEP, Cardinal Health, Stauf's Coffee, and Nationwide Insurance have signed the pledge.

"This is the first time we've had a voluntary pay equity commitment any type of challenge issue to employers and this community stepped up big," she said.

The city is also eliminating the requirement that applicants provide a salary history when applying for a job.

The Mayor says promoting equal pay makes the city healthier for business.

"If we had pay equity in the city of Columbus think about the buying power of both white African-American woman and Latina women that they could pump into the local economy," he said.

So how will companies who sign the pledge be held accountable?

"Using positive peer pressure in the private sector non- profit and public sector to make this an issue," Ginther said.

Columbus joins New York City which also banned the use of salary history as a question during the hiring practice.