Paycheck Fairness Act, House votes on Paycheck Fairness Act
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Congress Unlikely to Approve Paycheck Fairness Act

August 01, 2008 02:23 PM
by Rachel Balik
The House votes on August 1 on a bill that aims to protect women from pay discrimination, but it probably will not pass.

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“More than four decades after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, a wage disparity that cannot be explained by differences in qualifications, education, skills, training, responsibility or life choices,” the ACLU’s Washington Bureau Director reports. The House of Representatives is voting on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is intended to remedy this inequality.

The Paycheck Fairness Act follows closely on the heels of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which the House passed in July 2007 but the Senate voted down in April 2008. The Fair Pay Act was intended to amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963 so that women would have more time after termination of employment to sue for discrimination.

The new Act would make similar amendments, and also set guidelines for employers in terms of wages and making information about employees’ pay publicly available. But the House has been blasted with opposition from human resource organizations that represent businesses and employers.

Headline Link: ‘Women Get Paid Less? Congress may Say “Get Over It”’

Background: The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Reaction: Fighting for the Paycheck Fairness Act

Opinion & Analysis: Arguments for and against the Act

Reference: Discrimination laws and rulings


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