We formed the Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls in 2017 to bring issues affecting women and girls to the forefront of county policy. In each year since then, the Commission has done incredible work to advance the interests of women in our community. Today, the Board of County Commissioners is voting to adopt new personnel policy as a direct result of the recommendations of the Commission on Women and Girls.
- Taking the Pay Equity Pledge. We have all heard the national statistics--women make less than their male counterparts for doing the same job. It's even worse for women of color. Hamilton County will formally adopt the pay equity pledge, ensuring that county workers are compensated fairly and equitably without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age or disability. The policy will require regular reviews of county payroll to check for compliance with the pledge.
- Help for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence. The County will extend sick time and leave protections to survivors of gender-based violence. It will also provide training for employees and supervisors on how to spot the signs of gender-based violence, and how to connect employees in need with support.
Hamilton County is committed to closing the pay equity gap and providing a safe and inclusive community for everyone. There has never been a more urgent time to expose the cycle of violence that women and girls face. Providing extended leave for survivors while educating our workforce will lead to a safer community.
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