Local organizations unveil guide to address gender wage gap

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 News) – The Salt Lake Chamber is teaming up with the Women’s Leadership Institute to address gender pay disparity in our state.

They are encouraging businesses across the state to do their part and it starts by looking from within.

The goal is to lift Utah out of last place.

The studies show that Utah is the worst in the nation for pay between women and men,” said Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller.

Miller says the gap knows no boundaries. He says it exists in all industries no matter the size of the company.

“In fact, it was interesting in our own research to discover that even women-owned businesses have this gender pay gap challenge,” Miller said.

That’s why the two organizations are teaming up on a new campaign. It includes the “Best Practices Guide for Closing the Gender Wage Gap.”

“I don’t believe for a second that there is any business that wants to pay its women less than men, yet we know the problem exists. What these business leaders really need are the tools to overcome that challenge,” said Miller.

The guide outlines five practices to help businesses across the state close the gap. It starts with evaluation.

“It’s something that is going to take time, and so, I don’t think we should be too hard on ourselves, that we are not there immediately. But, starting the conversation and admitting that maybe there are some things we could do differently to make a change is really the great first step,” said Boeing Salt Lake GM Laura Bogusch.

The other four practices are education, recruitment, retention and advancement.

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