It’s Equal Pay Day and I need your help.
Americans are working harder and longer than ever, but wages remain too low for millions of families to make ends meet. The lack of basic labor protections makes it nearly impossible for many workers to balance the demands of job and family.
At this very moment, we have the opportunity to advance legislation—more than 20 years in the making—that will help close the pay gap between women and men. We need you to take action to ensure that the U.S. Senate passes the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7).
The bill, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) in January, passed the House of Representatives last week and is headed for the Senate. First introduced by DeLauro in 1997, the bill would begin to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act by:
- Increasing penalties for wage discrimination and assuring that employers determine wages through the factors of experience, training and education rather than sex.
- Directing federal agencies to collect data on compensation discrimination and share it publicly.
- Barring retaliation against women who seek information on pay disparity in their workplace.