Senate Bill 5171 seeks to end discriminatory pricing of similar goods solely on the basis of which gender they are being marketed to. Price differences will be allowed if there were discrepancies in manufacturing time, difficulty, cost, labor, or materials. If a court finds a violation, the attorney general may petition a court order to cease the sales and may direct restitution. Civil penalties for violating this act range from $1,000 to exceeding $100,000 in rare repeat circumstances. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, was brought to her by a group of students from Lake City High School wanting to raise awareness about consumer gender discrimination.
Read this Crosscut story for more information about this proposal.
Status: Bill is moving forward, passed out of Senate Law and Justice Committee on Jan. 19