Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, alongside a number of his democratic colleagues, reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.
“Congress passed the Equal Pay Act with the goal of ending wage discrimination based on gender more than 50 years ago, but study after study show that women still make less than men in the same jobs, and that the difference is worse for women of color,” said Senator Casey. “This legislation would empower women with the tools to be aware of and to hold employers accountable for systemic discrimination in the courts. I urge my colleagues to prioritize this bill for the good of American families.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees. The House legislation has 240 cosponsors (every Democratic Member of the House and one Republican Member) and the Senate legislation has 45 cosponsors.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) helped lead these efforts.