Know your rights

For years, as an Ashland AAUW member, I held signs, demonstrated and lobbied for legislation to close the gender pay gap. For me, it is a personal as well as a civic issue: two granddaughters.

Last spring, the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that will further pay equity in the workplace. The majority of the bill’s provisions will take effect Jan. 1, 2019m, and everyone needs to know their rights under the law.

Your employer can’t:

 • Pay you less because of your gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status, and this includes fringe benefits.

 • Pay your coworker more for the same job, unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality of production, education, training, experience, workplace location and travel.

 • Ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past.

 • Cut your pay to follow this law or retaliate against you for asking for equal pay.

Wages don’t have to be secret anymore; you can ask and talk about them with your co-workers without fear of discipline.

Kathleen Brandon

Ashland

Criminals and gun laws

It’s certainly true, as other letter writers have pointed out, that criminals will not be constrained by gun laws of any kind. However, many of the mass murders committed with guns over the recent past have been by men with no prior criminal record. What do we do about them?

Stan Loer

Grants Pass