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League's Stand on H-3
Pay Equity Seminar
President's Notes (Anne Lee)
League Updates - Election Laws, Education
Akamai Strategist For Sale
Meet Kris Nowell: 1986 Legislative Aide
League Business Network
League Local News - Hawaii County (Doris Spafford)
League Local News - Honolulu (Dorothy Lum)
League Local News - Kauai (Althea McCleery)
New State Board Member
Balancing Act
State Council - May 16-17, 1986 in Honolulu

Pay Equity Seminar

State legislators, City Council members and members from various organizations gathered in November, 1985 to participate in a seminar on pay equity. The seminar was sponsored by the Hawaii Women Lawyers--a statewide organization with 650 women lawyers--in association with the League of Women Voters of Hawaii and several other organizations.

The highlight of the seminar was a panel discussion on the issue of pay equity. Susan Mollway, of Cades, Schutte, Fleming & Wright, discussed the history of the pay equity proceedings in the State of Washington and the recent Ninth Circuit Court's decision. She noted that although the Court's decision was a terrible blow to the comparable worth issue, the court battle did cause several small Washington city governments to voluntarily meet with, negotiate and increase the wages of their women employees.

During the panel discussion, Mari Matsuda, of William S. Richardson School of Law, and Rochelle Gregson, labor liaison for the Aloha United Way, explained the how's and why's of comparable worth, emphasizing relevant state laws and possible legislation to implement pay equity in Hawaii. Audience discussion centered on the support that women's groups can give legislators and council members in their efforts to enact pay equity legislation. The consensus was that a very highly visible presence is needed at any committee meeting considering the pay equity issue and a united voice is also required. The importance of testimony and pressure was pointed out.

A copy of the Pay Equity report, prepared by the Hawaii Women Lawyers, is available in the League office.

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