SBDC co-hosts women's conference on how to bridge gender pay gap

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WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: ASU’s Abernathy Building, Great Teachers Hall, 1625 Harris Way
Unequal pay is one of the most persistent barriers to women’s success at work and to economic growth. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

To help bridge the gender pay gap, the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at Alabama State University is partnering with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Birmingham District, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Montgomery (AL) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. to co-host an Equal Pay Day Women’s Leadership Conference. 

The conference is April 2, from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. at ASU’s Abernathy Building, Great Hall of Teachers, 1625 Harris Way. It is being held in conjunction with the observance of National Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the new year the average woman would have to work to earn what the average man did in the previous year.

The conference will focus on equal pay issues, such as the short and long-term effects of unequal pay for women. Not only does unequal pay affect what a woman earns today but also future pension benefits and social security. 
The conference also will provide information about resources that help strengthen businesses, highlighting key insights about complying with laws enforced by the EEOC and WHD. 

Conference participants will gain an understanding of the laws and how employers can protect their bottom line through knowledge of and compliance with federal and state laws.

The conference keynote speaker is Beatrice “Bea” Forniss, community specialist at Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) and former Community and Economic Development Division Chief at Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

Panel discussions will be led by representatives from EEOC, WHD and others.

Conference organizers say the event targets employees, business owners and potential business owners, businesses with at least one employee, human resource managers/staff personnel, diversity and inclusion managers/staff personnel and EEOC executives.

Though there is no cost to attend the event, registration is required.  To register go to Registration deadline is March 29.

The conference is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact 334-229-4138 or email
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104
Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott wrote the news release.