Press Release

Congress Introduces Paycheck Fairness Act to Protect Against Pay Discrimination and Close Wage Gap

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Paycheck Fairness Act was reintroduced in Congress with the support of every Democrat in the House and Senate and one House Republican. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and provide additional protections against pay discrimination. Among other provisions, this bill would prohibit employers from relying on salary history to set pay when hiring, guarantee women can receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination as are available for race- or ethnicity-based discrimination, promote pay transparency by protecting workers from retaliation for discussing or disclosing their wages, and require employers to report pay to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice:

“Based on today’s gender wage gap, a woman stands to lose over $400,000 over a 40-year career.  Compared to white, non-Hispanic men, Latinas stand to lose over $1 million and Black women and Native women, close to it. That is life-changing money—money that could shift opportunities not just for the woman who is finally paid what she is owed, but for entire families and, indeed, whole communities. For our economy to be strong, our families to be economically secure, and our nation to be just, women must be able to work with equality, dignity, and safety. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a key part of achieving that promise.”

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For immediate release:  January 30, 2019
Contact: Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org)

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.