In 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act requiring employers to give men and women employees equal pay for equal work in jobs requiring equal skill, effort, responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions. The Equal Pay Act acknowledges that there might be some pay gaps based on qualifying categories such a: 1) a seniority system, 2) a merit system, 3) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, or 4) a differential based on any other factor than sex.
Even though the federal Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, women continue to experience wage disparities nationally. At the City of Tempe we are working to narrow the gender pay gap.
The Tempe City Council voted to create an initiative to ensure pay equity based on gender, including devising a process to designate qualified businesses as partners committed to equal pay. This initiative includes four pillars of pay equity simultaneously: 1) Policy; 2) Business Designation; 3) Business Education and Outreach; and 4) Negotiation Training.
Pillar 1: Policy
The City of Tempe's 2014 Anti-Discrimination Ordinance will serve as the guide for complaints in the community of alleged pay discrimination on the basis of gender. The Anti-Discrimination Ordinance prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability and United States military veteran status. Protections apply to the areas of: employment at the City of Tempe and businesses in Tempe; contracts; housing; public places; and appointments to city Boards and Commissions.
Pillar 2: Business Designation
The Business Designation Pillar of the Equal Pay Initiative gives Tempe businesses who prove that they have less than an 8% pay gap the designation of being a City of Tempe Equal Pay Business Partner. To see if your business qualifies, complete the self-assessment tool from the link below. Payroll numbers do not have to be submitted to the city. After running your numbers on the self-assessment tool, simply fill out the online affidavit to confirm your equal pay status. Businesses that need some work to get to the equal pay designation can receive coaching from Tempe’s Office of Strategic Management and Diversity. Those that qualify receive Equal Pay Business Partner status, which gives businesses the opportunity to use the Equal Pay Business Partner logo on their own websites and in hiring materials. Use the links below to get started.
Click here for the Equal Pay for Equal Work Self-Assessment Tool Instructions
Click here for the Equal Pay for Equal Work Self-Assessment Tool
Click here for the Equal Pay for Equal Work Online Submittal Form
The City of Tempe would like to congratulate our Business Partners:
Landings Credit Union
Mountain Park Health Center
Dinos2 Personalized Auto Sales, Inc.
Express Employment Professionals
City of Tempe
Factor 1 Studios
Business Education and Outreach
City staff will develop and host quarterly workshops for local businesses on topics like equal pay for equal work, anti-discrimination, diversity and more. The group also wants to see the city and partners develop ways to educate young people about pay equity.
FREE negotiation training classes are open to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Tempe. The city has partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to offer the workshops, which are designed to help community members build confidence and skills around salary negotiation, market worth, tools of persuasion, and business strategies. The goal is to train at least 8,000 women in five years.
Each class features the same information. Sign up for a class.