New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine incensed fellow lawmakers when he suggested that the wage gap exists because women don’t work as hard as men do.
The state House of Representatives met Wednesday to vote on the “Paycheck Equity Act,” which was unanimously passed by the state Senate, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. The aim of the bill is to prevent wage discrimination based on gender. Proponents argued that there is discrimination in the state that affects the ability of women to earn and retire. Opponents of the bill, including Republican Will Infantine, disagreed.
Infantine argued that men are paid more than women because the former take on “riskier” jobs.
“Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things that they do,” he said. “Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors.”
Infantine’s statements resulted in audible objections from other present lawmakers. He repeatedly insisted that his findings came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that did not seem to appease his objecting peers.
“Guys, I’m not making this stuff up,” he said. “My apologies if I have some people upset.”
Infantine also suggested that men work more hours than women because “men are more motivated by money than women are.”
Proponents of the bill say the pay inequity between men and women in the state averages $11,000 annually, according to the Union Leader.
The House passed the “Paycheck Equity Act” 187-134 on Wednesday. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will review the bill before the House holds a final vote.
h/t the Raw Story