Just weeks after Equal Pay Day, when thousands of women spoke out for equal pay for equal work, soon the U.S. Senate will likely bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote!
Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, the fact is that in 2012 women are still paid less than men are for doing the same job. The U.S. Census found that women who worked full-time, year-round on average still made 23 cents less for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act because it will:
- Deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations;
- Prohibit retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages;
- Empower women to negotiate for equal pay;
- Strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts;
- Create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law.