Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon was among leaders on July 10, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held up the newly signed legislation that expands the state’s equal pay laws, stating it prohibits “unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work.” The signing took place as the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team celebrated its World Cup win in lower Manhattan.
Damon was among the advocates pushing for the historic law, which forbids employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.
After the celebration, Cuomo tweeted, “I just signed new pay equity legislation at the #USWNTParade. The women’s soccer team plays the same game that the men’s soccer players play — only better. If anything, the men should get paid less. Thank you @USWNT for helping lead this movement for change!”
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris has also supported the USWNT’s ongoing fight for equal pay with their male colleagues.
Photo: Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon looks on as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on holds up newly signed legislation that expands the state’s equal pay laws July 10.
This item was originally featured in the fall 2019 issue of SAG-AFTRA magazine.