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Lipinski Votes to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) on Wednesday voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which takes a major step forward to ensure that America’s women receive equal pay for equal work. The bill, H.R. 7, strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women in Illinois and across the country by providing effective remedies for women subject to unfair and inequitable pay practices.   

“I’m a proud co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act because gender-based wage discrimination is unacceptable and we need to end it,” Lipinski said. “The passage of this legislation comes 10 years after Congress enacted the historic Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after the crusader who said enough is enough and sued her employer after discovering she was making significantly less money than her male counterparts in the same position. Hard-working Illinois women earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man; this needs to change.”

To close the wage gap and address loopholes and weak enforcement mechanisms in existing law, the Paycheck Fairness Act updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  Among its many key provisions, the Paycheck Fairness Act:

•        Requires employers to prove and justify that pay disparities are legitimate and are not sex-based;

•        Bans retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages;

•        Ensures women can receive the same robust remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity;

•        Provides assistance to all businesses to help them with their equal pay practices, recognizes excellence in pay practices by businesses and empowers women and girls by creating a           negotiation skills training program; and

•        Prohibits employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay, so that pay discrimination does not follow women from job to job.