Congressman Phil Hare a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, today voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to provide more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The Institute of Women's Policy Research concluded that this wage disparity will cost a woman anywhere from $400,000 to $2 million over her lifetime in lost wages. "It is simply unconscionable that women earn only three quarters of what men do for the same work," Hare said. "We must have zero tolerance for pay discrimination of any kind."
The bill requires employers and the Department of Labor to work together to eliminate pay disparities, provides awards for companies making significant progress toward closing wage gaps, and supports programs to train women on how to negotiate for better salaries.
The Democratic Congress has taken important steps to stop the practice of pay discrimination. Last year, the House approved the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, legislation that rectifies a recent Supreme Court decision that has made it harder for women to pursue pay discrimination claims.
"These bills give women the tools necessary to fight for the equal pay they deserve," Hare said.