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Esty Statement on the Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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"Four years ago today, the President signed into law a tremendously important piece of legislation that moved our country forward in the fight for equal pay. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was both a historic achievement and a critical first step -- ensuring that women can have their chance in court to challenge pay discrimination.

"Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go to reach pay equity. Today, women still only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Not only is that wrong, it also hurts millions of children and middle class families who depend on the wages of women.

"That's why it's so critical that we pass the Paycheck Fairness Act which would address many of the issues causing unequal pay for women in America. In particular, the Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the Lilly Ledbetter Act, eliminate loopholes in the law that allow pay inequity to continue, and ensure adequate remedies for women who are victims of pay discrimination.

"I'm proud to join my good friend, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and many others who have been champions in the fight for equal pay as an original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the 113th Congress.

"Today, it is time to finally tackle the problem of pay discrimination for women. It is time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act."


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