Miami Herald: “Janet Cruz and Democrats rally on equal pay for women”

By Michael Auslen

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Democrats rallied supporters inside the state Capitol on Tuesday urging an end to the pay disparities between men and women.

“Now more than ever, it is time for us to come together and write these protections into law and into the lives of women in Florida,” said Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, who sponsored legislation (SB 410) to address the problem.

House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa put it more simply: “I want my whole damn dollar,” she chanted to the crowd.

SB 410 and a House counterpart by Cruz and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, would penalize employers who pay women less than men and allow the victims of discrimination to sue for the discrepancy in their wages. It would also extend fair pay protections to transgender people.

The bills have not been put on the agenda for a hearing. In an effort to urge consideration of the legislation, Democrats organized a rally with dozens of women and men in the rotunda of the Capitol.