Arvest Bank is proud to be one of 13 employers that have joined the Tulsa Pay Equity Pledge, which was launched by mayor G.T. Bynum on March 10.

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The pledge was created in partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and is a voluntary, employer-led initiative that aims to close the gender pay gap in Tulsa. According to a news release issued by the mayor’s office, women in Tulsa County earn just 84 cents for every dollar earned by men despite participating in the workforce at a rate 73.8 percent and making up more than 51 percent of the population.

Those joining the pledge make a public commitment to:

  • Ban questions about previous salary history to candidates for hire or promotion
  • Commit to ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion training for employees responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding and promoting
  • Review employee pay to ensure compliance with the Equal Pay Act

“Joining this pledge aligns with Arvest’s values and practices,” said Kirk Hays, president for Arvest Bank in Tulsa. “Equal pay for equal work should be the norm and we are happy to participate in initiatives that can help make that a reality.”