The Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, clarifying that an employer may not pay an employee less than another employee of the opposite gender if they engage in the same work. This may be exempted if pay is based on a factor other than sex, such as a merit or seniority system. Although the House of Representatives approved the bill in Januarythe Senate failed to move the bill forward in November
The legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, is, along with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, among the first substantive legislation considered by the House in the th Congress. Below is the text of the remarks as prepared for delivery.
I want to thank Chairman Miller for his tireless commitment to this issue. I know we never could have come this far without his tenacious leadership.
And Speaker Pelosi whose vision and leadership have made pay equity a priority in this Congress. Together we look to the challenges before us with a great sense of responsibility. Today, the economy weighs heavily on most Americans.
Families across this nation are struggling with job insecurity, declining incomes, foreclosures and a financial system in crises.
Women who account for nearly half the workforce feel the effects of this faltering economy with particular force and poignancy. Incomes for women-headed households are down by 3 percent since And half of all women are in jobs that do not offer retirement plans and retired women are more likely to be poor than elderly men.
With our economy in crisis, so many women on the edge financially feel as if their economic freedom is under assault. But we know it does not have to be that way. Today we face a transformational moment. With a new Congress and a new administration we have a new chance to finally provide equal pay for equal work and make opportunity real for millions of American women.
The status quo will not do. We need a solution in law — just as our country has done in the past to bring down discriminatory barriers. And that lack of pay equity translates into less income toward a pension and in some cases Social Security benefits.
It is no coincidence that 70 percent of older adults living in poverty are women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is an effort to address male–female income disparity in the U.S. The purpose of the bill is to stop retaliation against employees who share or seek wage information and close a loophole that some employers use to avoid paying women equal wages. The President is renewing his call to Congress to take up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, commonsense legislation that would give women additional tools to fight pay discrimination. Apr 09, · (CNN) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic-backed proposal that aims to even the pay gap between men and women. GOP members argued there are already laws against pay discrimination and the "paycheck fairness act" would lead to .
That is why for the first time since it was introduced inthe House passed The Paycheck Fairness Act last summer — our bill to make the Equal Pay Act more effective in combating gender-based pay discrimination.
I am so proud that together with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act is among the first legislative proposals this Congress has chosen to consider.
It says something profound about our priorities as an institution and our goals for the months ahead. It says we are a nation that values the work women do in our society.
The Paycheck Fairness Act closes numerous loopholes that have enabled employers to evade liability. It stiffens penalties for employers who discriminate based on gender. And protects employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, with some exemptions.
And it would establish a grant initiative to provide negotiation skills training programs for girls and women. This legislation addresses a real problem with concrete solutions.
Last year, working women filed over charges of unlawful, sex-based pay discrimination with the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Because we know what is at stake: Had the Paycheck Fairness Act been the law of the land when Lilly Ledbetter decided to go to court, she would have had a far better opportunity to receive just compensation for the discrimination she endured.
It's a question of who we are as a country — of whether we're going to live up to our values as a nation.
We have seen much progress and the months ahead promise still more. But we must make good on that promise and deliver, not only for women, but for every working family struggling in these challenging economic times — by committing to equal pay for equal work.
Pay equity is not just another benefit to be bargained for, or bargained away. It is about giving women the power to gain economic security for themselves and their families.
We return today to carry that momentum forward and finish what we started.The President is renewing his call to Congress to take up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, commonsense legislation that would give women additional tools to fight pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act takes significant steps to close loopholes in the original pay discrimination law, the Equal Pay Act, and to ensure that women can investigate whether they are being.
The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. ), introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, and supported by Members, would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and close the loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will be reintroduced in Congress this week in the days following Equal Pay Day, a politically advantageous move for supporters of the bill. If passed, the bill will drastically expand the scope of the most recent pay equity law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of – and create worse conditions for women.
Paycheck Fairness Tuesday, April 8, The Senate on Tuesday debated a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Nationwide, women earn approximately 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. In Vermont, women make 85 percent of what Vermont men make. No state does better, according to the American Association of University Women.
Sommers claims that the Paycheck Fairness Act would set women against men, perpetuate falsehoods about the status of women at work, and create “havoc” in a precarious job market. We beg to differ.