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Rep. Kind Statement on Fair Paycheck Act

July 31, 2008
Press Release

Bill Strengthens Landmark Equal Pay Act, Closes Loopholes that Have Allowed Employers to Avoid Responsibility for Discriminatory Pay

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today backed a comprehensive measure that will help end the discriminatory practice of paying a woman less than a man for performing the same job. The Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1338) will strengthen the landmark Equal Pay Act and close the loopholes that have allowed some employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay. In cases of wage discrimination, this bill requires the employer to prove that pay disparities are not gender-based, and prohibits them from retaliating against employees who share salary information. Rep. Kind made the following statement:

“I am proud that the House of Representatives took a big step forward in gender equality today and passed this bill. Forty-five years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, the wage gap between men and women persists, with women earning 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The instant women enter the workforce they make less than their male equivalent, which can result in up to $2 million in lost income over a lifetime – that is just not right.

“The Fair Paycheck Act will help to better enforce the Equal Pay Act, moving us toward full gender equality and helping America’s women break through the financial glass ceiling.”