Equal Pay Resources
The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) partnered with Women Employed and other stakeholders across Illinois with the goal of strengthening Illinois’ capacity to enforce pay equity and other employment protections, helping realize the intended outcomes of legislative action, inform enforcement strategies and more proactive investigations, and advance gender and racial equity statewide.
About Women Employed
Women Employed (WE) is an almost 50-year-old advocacy organization that pursues equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities, and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces so that all women, families, and communities can thrive. Their mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity, with the bold social goal of closing the wealth gap at the intersection of gender and race.
Since their founding in 1973, they’ve been involved in nearly every major advance for working women, like advocating for the Family and Medical Leave Act and the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helping write the rules that made sexual harassment illegal, working to pass the Illinois Equal Pay Act and No Salary History Law, Chicago’s paid sick time law, minimum wage increases, and fair scheduling ordinances. But their work is not done. Right now, they are advocating nationally and in Illinois for pay equity and strengthened workplace protections. And they are partnering with the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) to raise awareness of pay equity and pay transparency standards.