- Published: Thursday, April 06, 2017 04:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to increase transparency in pricing among service providers received the unanimous support of the Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
The legislation would require hair salons, barbers, dry cleaners and tailors to provide customers with a price list for services upon request, giving consumers the resources necessary to make educated choices when deciding which businesses to frequent.
“Too often women are charged more than men for the same services, while at the same time being paid less for doing the same job. This is unacceptable,” Bush said. “Transparent pricing among service providers will help women know whether they are getting a fair deal for services.”
Dry cleaners, barbers and tailors have frequently been examined in studies on gender-based pricing and have been found to charge women more than men for the same services. Bush hopes the measure will make service providers take a second look at their prices and charge women more fairly.
Last session, Senator Bush’s “pink tax” legislation repealed sales tax on feminine hygiene products. This latest push builds on Senator Bush’s work to remove economic barriers for Illinois women.