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Women in Erie County make $10,000 less than men for the same work

Women working full-time in Erie County are paid a median average of $40,610, compared with $50,966 for men doing the same work.

That kind of income inequality and gender discrimination must come to an end, said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday.

He and other members of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women commemorated National Equal Pay Day by sharing some sobering income data and calling for an end to gender-based pay inequities. Tuesday's date symbolizes how far into 2017 women must work to earn what men earned in 2016.

"It is unconscionable that some employers in 2017 still feel that it is OK to pay their female employees less than males for the same work," Poloncarz said.

Nationally, African-American women were paid 63 cents for every dollar white men earned and 54 cents for Hispanic women.

“Gender-based wage discrimination is a community problem that impacts everyone and that needs to be discussed openly and thoughtfully," stated Karen King, executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.

The commission organized a pay equity panel discussion at the Buffalo History Museum on Tuesday afternoon to further explore the issue and discuss progress made in the state.

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