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2013-06-06 Miner Endorses Womens Equality Agenda

2013-06-06 Miner Endorses Womens Equality Agenda

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Office of the Mayor
 Hon. Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Alexander MarionDATE: June 6, 2013 Press Secretary (315) 448-8044
 
233 EAST WASHINGTON STREET * SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 13202315-448-8005 |www.syrgov.net Facebook |YouTube|Twitter |Flickr  
MINER ENDORSES WOMEN
’S EQUALITY
AGENDA, CALLS FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OFLEGISLATIVE PACKAGE FIGHTINGDISCRIMINATION AND PRESERVINGREPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
 Miner Calls on Albany Leaders to Pass New Laws Putting Roe v. Wade In Statute, Instituting a Paycheck Fairness Act, Fighting HumanTrafficking, and Ending Discrimination in the Workplace, Housing, and  for Expectant Mothers
SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 – 
Mayor Stephanie A. Miner has written a letter to the leaders of the NewYork State legislature and the City of Syracuse delegation urging them to take swift action to pass the Women
s Equality Agenda. The ten point legislative package, proposed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his January State of the State address, will put the
 Roe v. Wade
SupremeCourt decision in statute, close loopholes in workplace sexual harassment laws, and enddiscrimination against domestic violence victims.
Today, we are presented with an opportunity to continue our proud, progressive tradition,
saidMayor Miner in her letter.
The Women
’s Equality Agenda, proposed by Governor Andrew
M.Cuomo, would put in statute the building blocks for a new generation of women
’s equality.”
 The letter, sent to bi-partisan leadership of both legislative chambers and members representingthe City of Syracuse highlights the progressive history of New York State and calls on thelegislature to pass the Women
s Equality Agenda urgently.The full text of the letter can be found below:
 
 
Office of the Mayor
 Hon. Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Alexander MarionDATE: June 6, 2013 Press Secretary (315) 448-8044
 
233 EAST WASHINGTON STREET * SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 13202315-448-8005 |www.syrgov.net Facebook |YouTube|Twitter |Flickr  
Throughout our history, New Yorkers have been the quintessential leaders on expanding civilrights issues throughout our country. From Seneca Falls to Stonewall, we have been on theforefront of every fight from the abolition of slavery and women
’s
rights to LGBT equality.Today, we are presented with an opportunity to continue our proud, progressive tradition. TheWomen
’s Equality Agenda, proposed by Governor Andrew
M. Cuomo, would put in statute the building blocks for a new generation of women
’s equality.
At the heart of the Women
’s Equality Agenda is the basic concept th
at when women succeed,our state will thrive. Giving women the opportunity to make their own healthcare decisions anddetermine how they plan their families is crucial to giving women the ability to plan their careersand maximize their economic potential. Women creating jobs and leading businesses will becrucial to developing an economy for a new New York.Once women are given the chance to plan their careers, to fully realize their potential aseconomic drivers we must ensure New York 
’s
workplaces are truly welcoming places to conduct business. Most fundamentally, women must feel safe in their workplaces. As part of this proposal, New York will crack down on sexual harassment in the workplace through closingloopholes ensuring no woman must face cruel treatment at work. Additionally, the Women
’s
Equality Agenda would offer a version of what is known nationally as the
“Paycheck Fairness
Act
” to
 prevent women from being fired for comparing paychecks to discover discrimination.Employers will now be required to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers andif women are discriminated against in the workplace, they will be able to recover attorneys
feesin litigation.These critical provisions are not the end of the Women
s Equality Agenda; they are just the beginning. The proposal goes further to strengthen human trafficking law, end source of incomediscrimination in housing, and most importantly stand up for victims of domestic violence. TheWomen
s Equality Agenda would simplify the process for attaining an order of protection from a partner. Furthermore, it will prohibit landlords from imposing zero-tolerance policies andevicting women who are victims of domestic violence.As Mayor, I have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of women of all races, classes,orientations, and backgrounds on a daily basis. I hear stories of their experiences from yesterday

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