Paycheck Fairness Act
Women earn less than men on average at every age, across every industry, and in every occupation. Women are half the workforce and the majority of workers with academic degrees at every level, all the way up to Ph.D. In spite of the 1963 Equal Pay Act, gender discrimination persists. Women’s poverty rates are always higher than men’s, and are nearly double over age 65. While wage discrimination is prohibited, it is far from uncommon. The wage gap has stopped closing. Better policy support is clearly necessary to make the US a land of equal opportunity—for women!
The Paycheck Fairness Act will address the shortcomings of the outdated Equal Pay Act by closing legal loopholes, imposing serious fines to deter future illegal behavior, and protect workers from being fired or punished for raising the issue of compensation with co-workers, without which wrongdoing may remain undiscovered.
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