NWLC Applauds the Senate HELP Committee’s Advancement of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Healthy Families Act, and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“The pandemic made it impossible to ignore what we already knew: a large swath of U.S. workers, mostly women, are underpaid and lack basic protections on the job. Three years later, this atrocious reality continues—especially for low-paid women of color. Women make up the majority of low-paid workers—and yet despite their hard work, most have few or no protections like the ability to earn paid sick days and the opportunity to join a union without retaliation from their employers. Add in a persistent gender wage gap that’s barely budged in two decades and wields the deepest blow to women of color. In fact, since pay is often cloaked in secrecy and many employers rely on salary history to set pay when hiring new employees, pay disparities simply trail many women from job to job through their careers.

“Workers are long overdue for protections that can help change this untenable status quo. The National Women’s Law Center applauds the Senate HELP Committee’s advancement of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Healthy Families Act, and the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2023. Together, these pieces of legislation will work to improve the economic security, health, and safety of working people. We urge the full Senate to take up these matters and pass these long overdue protections.”