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Senate To Vote On Paycheck Fairness Act Tuesday

Senate To Vote On Paycheck Fairness Act Tuesday

The Senate will take up the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill designed to close the gap in existing wage equity laws and provide a big boost to working-class families all across the country, on Tuesday.

Among other protections, the bill would require that employers prove potential wage differences between men and women are job-related and driven by a business necessity and would protect workers from retaliation if they share salary information with colleagues.

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. Of course the wage gap for women of color was even more staggering than for women overall: when Black and Hispanic women work full-time,†year-round, they only make 62 and 53 cents, respectively, for every dollar their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts earn.
Mothers are especially hard-hit by the wage gap.

Wage gap is read, not theory

There’s even more evidence that the wage gap is real. A†recent study found that with†identical resumes†and job experiences,†mothers were offered $11,000 lower starting salaries†than non-mothers.†Fathers, on the other hand, were offered $6,000†more†in†starting salaries than non-fathers. †Another study found that women without children make 90 cents to a man’s dollar, mothers make 73 cents to a man’s dollar, and single moms make only about 60 cents to a man’s dollar.

Senate Republicans have made it clear they will vote against the bill while congressional Republicans in general are doing all they can to prevent the issue from advancing.

The vote will undoubtedly place Mitt Romney in the awkward spot of having to articulate a clear platform when it comes to equal pay laws. He’s gone on record as both supporting the idea of equal pay in theory while campaigning against the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Equal pay for equal work is critical to ensuring our familiesí economic security and for recognizing the full economic value women add to this country. No wonder Republicans are united against it.

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3:54PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

The bill failed in the House of Representatives or "House of Misrepresentatives." Hopefully it will pass in the Senate.

2:56PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

They just announced that it didn't pass.

1:18PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Well, I'll tell you, even if it isn't a critical issue to me, it is certainly a critical issue for families that depend on the paycheck of a working women. If an employer hired a white and black person for the same job, or a white and Latino person, but paid one worker more, there would be an outcry of indignation and rightly so. So what makes it legal to pay men and women different wages for the same work?
In most state and government jobs pay depends on the level you are working at, no matter if you are a man or women. Obviously, since private companies are not abiding by any sense of fairness, something is needed to tell them you cannot discriminate due to sex.

11:00AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Let's hope the Congress can step up and do the right thing...Sadly, I have my doubts!

9:34AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

What does it matter if no one can find a job?

8:32AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Yes, we need more government interference in our businesses because government does such a wonderful job!

7:56AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Every female Republican US Senator voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act should have their paycheck cut in half and have their medical benefits and pension rights abolished immediately after the vote since they don't politically support equal pay for equal work.

7:53AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

As usual, you can't figure out from this article exactly what the burden on employers is going to be. Being a small employer, with 9 employees, would this affect me? I doubt it, my regulatory burden is already high in my opinion, but I am exempted from a lot of regulations because of our company's size. If it is made easy to comply with, as this seems subjective and a little "fuzzy" to report, I think it certainly is worth the effort to improve equality and identify in-equality.

7:50AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Having a law and enforcing it are two different birds.

7:42AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Any act that makes Federal Grant money available when the sole qualification is "Gender" is, in my opinion, unconstitutional.

There is an entire section of this law devoted to Grants for "women and girls" to learn the art of negotiation... I was under the opinion that this was learned in school... is education at our public schools teaching this solely to men and boys???

While a good idea on the whole... this makes the law untenable.

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