Menendez, Booker Mark Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Menendez, Booker Mark Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, and Sen. Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) joined Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) marking Equal Pay Day by reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

 

“Our efforts to shine a light on this problem must be followed by taking action, and that is exactly what we’re doing today and have been doing every year we’ve reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act,” 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 could earn. I fight for equal pay because it’s what my mother deserved then, it’s what my daughter deserves now, and it’s what my granddaughter deserves in the future.”

 

“There is no reason why a woman should be paid any less than a man for doing the same work. It’s just plain wrong, and it undermines the potential of our nation,” said Sen. Booker. “I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would help close the wage gap once and for all.”

Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Despite making up half the workforce, more than five decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 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 63 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women making only 54 cents, on average, compared with white men.

 

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 was introduced by Congresswoman DeLauro and has 198 cosponsors.

 

Senators Menendez and Booker has been an original co-sponsor of the legislation since he has been a member of the Senate.   Additional Senate cosponsors include Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Coons (D-Del.), Brown (D-Ohio), Udall (D-N.M.), Casey (D-Pa.), Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Van Hollen (D-Md.), Shaheen (D-N.H), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Markey (D-Mass.), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Feinstein (D-Calif.), Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heinrich (D-N.M.), Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Leahy (D-Vt.), Reed (D-R.I.), Sanders (I-Vt.), Warren (D-Mass.), Stabenow (D-Mich.), Carper (D-Del.), Whitehouse (D-R.I.), McCaskill (D-Mo.), Cantwell (D-Wash.), Franken (D-Minn.), Warner (D-Va.), Harris (D-Calif.), Murphy (D-Conn.), Nelson (D-Fla.), Wyden (D-Ore.), Kaine (D-Va.), Hassan (D-N.H.), Merkley (D-Ore.), Tester (D-Mont.), Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Bennet (D-Colo.).

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