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$350,000 partnership aims to boost wages for women in Illinois

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(WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced a $350,000 partnership with Women Employed to inform low-income women across Illinois, in particular low-wage women of color, about pay equity and pay transparency standards.

Illinois is one of six states and territories in the country to receive a grant for this work.

“Part of the mission at the Illinois Department of Labor is to protect the rights and wages of all workers in the state. Through this grant, and a working partnership with Women Employed, IDOL will raise awareness of pay equity and pay transparency among low-wage women workers,” said Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik.

As recipients of the FARE grant, IDOL, in partnership with Women Employed and other community groups will:

• Conduct outreach to working women who are paid low wages and are otherwise marginalized and underserved.

• Publicize educational materials across a variety of platforms, including social media, in-person or virtual events, and one-on-one consultations.

• Assist women workers with navigating and calculating benefits.

• Connect and refer women workers to additional services, benefits, and legal help as needed.

• Through a train-the-trainer model, train women in the workforce to become advocates for rights, benefits, and assistance in their own communities.

The mission of Women Employed is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. The non-profit is also working to close the wealth gap at the intersection of race and gender. For more information, click here Women Employed.

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