Rep. Veasey: "Paycheck Fairness Act Unleashes the Full Power of Women in our Economy"
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Veasey voted to pass H.R. 7, the landmark Paycheck Fairness Act, to take a dramatic step forward to ensure that America’s women receive equal pay for equal work. This legislation strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women in Texas and across the country.
“Hard-working Texas women earn only 81 cents for every dollar earned by a man," said Rep. Veasey. “Countless Texas women are either the primary breadwinners or a co-breadwinner in their household. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a critical step in unleashing the full power of women in our economy and upholding the value of fairness in our democracy.”
Currenty, today’s wage gap is robbing women who work full-time, year-round, of over $400,000 over the course of their working lives. The wage gap is even larger for women of color with African American women on average earning only 61 cents, Latinas on average earning only 53 cents and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women earning only 62 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
To close the wage gap and address loopholes and weak enforcement mechanisms in existing law, the Paycheck Fairness Act updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
Among its many key provisions, the Paycheck Fairness Act:
·Requires employers to prove and justify that pay disparities are legitimate and are not sex-based;
·Bans retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages;
·Ensures women can receive the same robust remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity;
·Provides assistance to all businesses to help them with their equal pay practices, recognizes excellence in pay practices by businesses and empowers women and girls by creating a negotiation skills training program; and
·Prohibits employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay, so that pay discrimination does not follow women from job to job.