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New bill works towards equal pay in the workplace

A bill at the State Capitol is gaining momentum in the movement to help women in the workplace earn just as much as their male counterparts.

According to the Hawaii Appleseed Center, women in Hawaii make 16% less than men.

“The problem is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Its ridiculous in this decade in a supposedly developed nation,” said Susan Wurtzburg of AAU Hawaii.

The bill serves employers a one-two punch-prohibiting them from asking a job applicant about their previous wage history.  Senator Laura Thielen says in many cases, where people previously were underpaid, it is perpetuated in successive jobs.