Congress: Pass The Paycheck Fairness Act

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It’s been over 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, and almost a decade since the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law – and yet, as of 2017, women still earn only 80.5 cents for every dollar men earn. Wage disparity is even worse for women of color.

The Equal Pay Act signified a commitment to ensuring that women are paid as much as their male coworkers for doing the same work – but the protections the law provided have been weakened over time. The Paycheck Fairness Act would give employees the tools they need to challenge the wage gap itself, and create a climate where wage discrimination is no longer tolerated.

It’s time to take the next step towards achieving equal pay. To enact the critical change we need, we must urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure robust protection against sex-based pay discrimination by:

  • Barring retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages
  • Close loopholes that have allowed employers to pay women less than men for the same work
  • Ensuring that women can receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination as is available for discrimination based on race and ethnicity
  • Ensuring that pay discrimination doesn’t follow women from job to job by prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to determine future pay
  • Providing much-needed training, data collection, and research

The country is behind Congress on this move: 84 percent of people say they support fair pay in the workplace, and that support transcends political party, race, gender, ethnicity, or geographic region.

It’s not hard to see why. About 40 percent of women are the primary breadwinners in their households, and more than 65 percent are breadwinners or co-breadwinners. Pay equity is critical, not only to families’ economic security, but also to the nation's economy.

We, the people, have made clear we support fair pay, and our members of Congress must demonstrate their commitment to equality. Sign the petition to Congress: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now.

To Congress:

I urge you to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would move us closer to making equal pay a reality.