In 1963, women were paid 59 cents for every dollar men were paid. Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires equal pay for equal work for men and women with equivalent qualifications in the same workplace, the gender gap persists. Despite the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which overturned a Supreme Court decision restricting the time period for filing employment discrimination actions, parity continues to be elusive. Today, women are paid $0.79 for every $1.00 for men, and the gap is even wider for women with children and for minority women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is a comprehensive bill that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It would, among other things, enhance enforcement and create incentives for employers to follow the law.
Jan supports the Paycheck Fairness Act as a long overdue measure to bolster the Equal Pay Act. Congress needs to support women and their families by ending discrimination in compensation in all sectors of the economy.