House passes Paycheck Fairness Act to address the wage gap for women

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The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures that women and men get paid the same if they are doing the same work and is supported by a coalition of more than 300 organizations.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee applauded the passage of the bipartisan legislation today. Congressman Kildee has introduced this legislation in every Congress since he took office.

“Equal pay is not just a women’s issue, it is a family issue. When women are treated unfairly in the workplace and bring home less pay each day, it means they have less to meet the needs of their families, including putting food on the table, rent, child care and doctor’s visits. Women who make less than men for doing the same work also have far less savings for retirement. We should ensure that our economy works for everyone, and one way we can do that is by ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work,” Congressman Kildee said.

The Paycheck Fairness Act builds upon the Equal Pay Act passed by Congress in 1963 by requiring employers to prove that existing pay differences are legitimate as well as banning retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages. The bill would prohibit employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay so that pay discrimination does not follow women from job to job.

Additionally, it makes the legal remedies for sex-based pay discrimination the same as discrimination based on race and ethnicity and removes obstacles to participate in class action lawsuits as well as improving the Department of Labor’s tools for enforcing the Equal Pay Act.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would also help businesses with their equal pay practices and recognize excellence in pay practices by businesses. The hope of the act is to empower women and girls by creating a negotiation skills training program.

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