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The following can be attributed to ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Caroline Fredrickson:
“The Paycheck Fairness Act is absolutely necessary to protect the economic stability of American families on the edge. It is unacceptable that in 2008, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, and the disparity is only greater for minority women. African American women make only 64 cents and Latina women earn only 52 cents for every dollar made by a white man. The consequences can have lasting effects on women and families: unequal pay forces single-mother households and families dependent on two incomes to live on less than they rightfully deserve, and reduces women’s retirement earnings. In this troubled economy, no worker should be paid less than she deserves simply because of her gender.
“Last summer, the House of Representatives acted to protect victims of workplace discrimination by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act is another critical weapon in the battle against sex discrimination in the workplace. We are disappointed, if not surprised, to learn that the president has indicated he’ll veto this legislation. So we urge the House of Representatives to stand up for equal pay and basic fairness for all American workers by supporting H.R. 1338.”
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