Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today after a story in the Hartford Courant reported that the gender wage gap in Connecticut is higher than the national average.
"It is unacceptable that after nearly 50 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women are still making far less than men for performing equal work," said Dodd. "And it greatly disappoints me that Connecticut, a state with so many successful women, has a higher incidence of gender wage inequity than the national average. We must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to stand up for women and American families and ensure that women are paid what they deserve. Now is the time to level the playing field once and for all and finally guarantee equal pay for equal work."
Dodd, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has been a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act for the past seven Congresses. The bill would put gender-based discrimination on an equal footing with racial or ethnic discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. It would also make it easier for victims of pay discrimination to participate in class action suits; prohibit employers from punishing whistleblowers; and make it more difficult for employers to justify discrimination under the law. The Paycheck Fairness Act would also strengthen programs designed to monitor compliance with fair pay rules. The legislation currently has 40 cosponsors.