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March 26, 2021 — California has some of the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, but women in the state still make significantly less than their male counterparts. In partnership with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG), Larson LLP has proudly signed the California Equal Pay Pledge to continue to be an equal pay employer.

Since the launch of "Equal Pay CA" in April 2019, more than 65 companies have committed to the California Equal Pay Pledge. This pledge challenges California employers to:

  • conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis;
  • review hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers; and
  • promote best practices that will close the pay gap to ensure fundamental equity for all workers.

In a press release on Equal Pay Day, the Office of the First Partner and the CCSWG shared the following statistics:

  • Women in California still earn 88 cents for every dollar a man earns. That number plummets to 62 cents for Black women, 55 cents for Latina women, 90 cents for Asian women, and 50 cents for Native American women.
  • California women lose a combined total of $78.6 billion each year because of the wage gap.  
  • If the wage gap were closed in California, women could pay for 9.5 more months of child care, approximately 48 weeks of food for her family, and more than 3 additional months of mortgage and utility payments.

Larson LLP strives to do our part in closing the pay gap and continue to act upon the components of the California Equal Pay Pledge. For more information and to join the pledge, visit the Equal Pay CA webpage here.