On Equal Pay Day, Sarbanes Urges Congress to Address Workplace Inequity and Boost Women’s Paychecks [Video]

“However You Want to Slice or Dice or Frame the Workforce, You Will Discover That There Is This Inequity in Pay That Cannot Be Justified”
March 24, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Equal Pay Day, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the glaring disparity in women’s pay – especially for women of color – and called on Congress to press ahead with critical reforms to achieve equal pay for equal work.

“We know that women are overrepresented as a share of frontline employees,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The statistics are pretty significant: Two-thirds of grocery store workers are female, as are 8 in 10 retail workers at other essential businesses. Women comprise three-quarters of hospital workers and more than 80 percent of long-term care staff.”

Sarbanes continued: “Even as they’ve been asked to shoulder the risks and burdens associated with the pandemic, the majority of frontline workers have continued to be paid low wages and are granted few workplace protections.”

Sarbanes concluded: “It seems that however you want to slice or dice or frame the workforce, you will discover that there is this inequity in pay that cannot be justified.”

See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.