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Schrader Votes for Paycheck Fairness Act

Bill Ensures Women Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work


APRIL 15, 2021

Contact: Molly Prescott,  202-657-2676

Schrader Votes for Paycheck Fairness Act

Bill Ensures Women Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R.7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to address pervasive gender-based pay inequality in the workplace.

The bill, cosponsored by Representative Kurt Schrader, seeks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 by providing more effective remedies for victims of discrimination in the payment of wages based on gender. This ensures that employers who attempt to justify paying one employee more than another for the same job must show the disparity is not gender-based. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who discuss salary information with coworkers and assists victimized employees seeking legal redress.

The legislation builds off the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which Congressman Schrader also worked to pass into law. The bill was instrumental in keeping the courthouse door open for employees who have suffered from pay discrimination by clarifying that the time limit for suing employers for pay discrimination begins each time they issue a paycheck and is not limited to the original discriminatory action.

“The Paycheck Fairness Act would finally bring equal pay law in line with other civil rights law,” Rep. Schrader said. “Women across this country work hard to provide for themselves and their families and it’s only fair they are justly compensated for what they do.

“The numbers speak for themselves: a white woman earns around 80 cents for every dollar her white male counterpart makes. The gap is even larger for Black women at 61 cents on the dollar: Latina women at 53 cents on the dollar and Native American women at 58 cents on the dollar.

“These figures are unacceptable, and the solution is simple - we must legally ensure equal pay for equal work. I strongly encourage the Senate to quickly pass this important legislation, so we can close the wage gap for women and help hold employers accountable.”