I just read this on the Globe and Mail website and it made me think of this thread. I hope it gets passed.
Why do women always pay more?
By ALLISON DUNFIELD
Globe and Mail Update
An Ontario politician is trying to change what he feels are unfairly high prices paid by women for hairdressing, dry cleaning and clothing.
Lorenzo Berardinetti, a backbench MPP for the governing Liberal party, has introduced a private members' bill in the Ontario legislature that, if passed, would mean men and women would pay more similar prices for these types of goods and services.
He said he feels the current situation, which means women often pay far higher prices for things like hair cuts, is unfair.
”My wife brought it to my attention, and we noticed it when we went to the dry cleaners and ... when we went out to buy some clothing it made a big difference as well.”
Bill 182, which had its first reading in the legislature on March 9, is up for debate on April 14.
Mr. Berardinetti said he's fairly confident the bill will pass, although it is a private members' bill. (Private members' bills rarely become law).
"I am [hopeful]." If enacted, the law would mean if people thought they were being unfairly targeted for these services because of their gender, they would be able to file a complaint to the Human Rights Commission under the Human Rights code and in the Superior Court of Justice, Mr. Berardinetti said.
The bill also says those who are found guilty of breaking the law, if convicted, would be liable to a fine of $2,000 for a first offence and up to $5,000 for a subsequent offence.
Mr. Berardinetti said he's looked at other jurisdictions, such as in California, which has already enacted a similar law in 1996. Another state, Massachusetts, has the Public Accommodations Act, which ensures fair gender-based pricing for hair and other cosmetology services.
A 1994 study by the California Assembly Office of Research looked at five major cities in that state. It found that 40 per cent of hairdressing salons charged women more for a hair cut than men. It also found that 64 per cent of drycleaners charged more to clean a woman's shirt than a man's shirt.
Similar surveys with similar results have been conducted in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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