Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Close Gender Wage Gap

Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Close Gender Wage Gap

Paycheck Fairness Act comes 10 years after Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today joined a group of 45 of their Democratic colleagues, including Cory Booker, in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, a piece of legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee women have the ability to challenge pay discrimination and hold their employers accountable.

“Although we’ve come a long way in ensuring women are treated equally, we unfortunately still have a way to go. By introducing this important legislation, we are taking real action to ensure women across the country are paid exactly what they deserve,” said Sen. Menendez.  “My mother worked in a factory and rose to do what was essentially the manager’s job, but was never paid what her male coworkers earned. I fight for equal pay because it is what my mother deserved then, it’s what my daughter deserves now, and it’s what my granddaughter deserves in the future.  It’s what every woman deserves.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and close loopholes 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.

American women still make only 80 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by a man. The gap is even wider for women of color, with African American women making 61 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women making only 53 cents, on average, compared to white men.

Sen. Menendez has been an original cosponsor of the legislation since they have each been members of the Senate.