Wallace Advocates for Equal Pay, Fairness with State Contracts


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is backing House Bill 3539, which requires state contract bidders to obtain an equal pay certificate before a contract can be awarded.

“With Equal Pay Day nearing, I am proud to support a bill that promotes fairness in the workplace for women in Illinois,” Wallace said. “Wage discrimination is a serious issue that affects women in a variety of fields, particularly Latinas and African American women. This is an important measure to make sure our state’s contractors are paying our state’s residents fairly.”

House Bill 3539 requires all contractors with the State to receive an “equal pay certificate” from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In order to be granted a certificate, contractors must disclose how often wages and benefits are evaluated to comply with federal law and to ensure women are not compensated less than men. Additionally, the contractor must disclose the method by which the business determines compensation. If granted, the equal pay certificates will be valid for four years.

“There has been progress in recent years to close the gap of wage inequality, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Wallace said. “This proposal would make a serious impact.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at


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