Sarbanes Votes to End Wage Discrimination Against Women and Ensure Paycheck Fairness
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), a bill to end gender-based wage discrimination and ensure that American women receive equal pay for equal work.
“For far too long, American women – and especially women of color – have been unjustly denied equal pay and benefits in the workplace,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who co-sponsored the measure. “As the economic downtown and job loss spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect women, we must move swiftly to close the gender pay gap, boost wages for hardworking women across the country, improve economic security for American families and strengthen our communities. The Paycheck Fairness Act will help us get there.”
Key provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act include:
- Requiring employers to justify pay disparities and prove that differences in pay are not based on sex;
- Banning retaliation against workers who discuss or disclose their wages to colleagues or prospective employees;
- Limiting the ability of employers to use salary history to reduce the wages of current or prospective employees;
- Creating negotiation and skills training programs to help employees secure better pay and benefits;
- Empowering workers to participate in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination; and
- Improving the ability of the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce the Equal Pay Act.
See here for a fact sheet on the Paycheck Fairness Act.
See here for bill text.