We Want Equal Pay!

We Want Equal Pay!

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The Bipartisan Equal Pay Team started this petition to Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and

The Gender Wage Gap continues to persist in the workforce.  Although Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has not done nearly enough. The statistics speak for themselves: the average woman earns $0.79 to the white man’s dollar. Women of color earn even less: African American and Hispanic women earn $0.62 and $0.54 for every man’s dollar, respectively. This means that in the average woman's lifetime, she will lose $431,000 in savings because she was paid less, simply for being a woman. 
This gender wage gap continues to exist because the Equal Pay Act has loopholes that authorize men to be paid more based on “seniority, merit, productivity, and ‘a differential based on any other factor other than sex.” This vague language makes it very difficult for women to prove that there was gender discrimination in salary, as employers are able to successfully defend a pay decision that appears neutral yet is actually rooted in sexism. This act also barely punishes employers who disobey the law, so they are not held accountable for their actions. 
As such, we MUST introduce more effective legislation. Specifically, the Paycheck Fairness Act addresses the loopholes of the Equal Pay Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act would protect workers from employer retaliation for discussing their salaries, limit salary matching (using salary history in making hiring decisions), close legal loopholes that have helped biased employers avoid accountability, implement negotiation skills training, require regular pay data collection, and improve the aid available to plaintiffs who filed sex-based wage discrimination claims. Combined, all these reforms would help make a difference to finally close the wage gap. 
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