The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to demonstrate that any salary differences between men and women doing the same work are not gender-related. The bill would have also prohibited employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers, and would have required the Labor Department to increase its outreach to employers to help eliminate pay disparities. In a world where women are making $1,000 less in their first year out of college, according to the American Association of University Women, it is important to show support for an act that will abolish this discrimination.
We, as your constituents in Maryland, ask that you show support for the Paycheck Fairness Act that has been twice introduced and twice rejected in Congress. We feel that if Maryland as a state body shows support for this bill then it will encourage members of the United States House and Senate to focus more on the substantive nature of the bill rather than party alliances.
We wish to see a job market that does not focus on the gender of those applying for the job, but rather see our worth as individuals. We feel that the Paycheck Fairness Act is a means to right gender discrimination that happens in employment, and that is why we stand strongly behind this bill.
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