According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013, women who worked full time earned, on average, only 78 cents for every dollar men earned. The figures are even worse for women of color. African American women earned only approximately 64 cents and Latinas only 56 cents for each dollar earned by a white male.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. The bill would update the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a law that has not been able to achieve its promise of closing the wage gap because of limited enforcement tools and inadequate remedies. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make critical changes to the law, including:
- requiring employers to demonstrate that wage differentials are based on factors other than sex;
- prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about their employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages;
- permitting reasonable comparisons between employees within clearly defined geographical areas to determine fair wages;
- strengthening penalties for equal pay violations;
- directing the Department of Labor to assist employers and collect wage-related data; and
- authorizing additional training for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission staff to better identify and handle wage disputes.
The time has come to make equal pay a reality. During this climate of unprecedented economic uncertainty, nothing could be more important than ensuring that all workers receive equal pay for equal work.
- Executive Action Needed to End Employment Discrimination (2/6/2014)
- Fulfilling the Promise of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2/3/2014)
- Lilly Ledbetter: Celebrating a Champion Still Fighting for Us (1/29/2014)
- Celebrating Equal Pay (And Bacon!) at the White House (6/12/2013)
- Fifty Years Later, Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Pay (6/10/2013)
- Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act! (6/10/2013)
- ACLU and the Equal Pay Act of 1963: Celebrating 50 Years of Advocacy (6/6/2013)
- Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today! (8/26/2013)
- 18 More Cents… in 50 years (4/9/2013)
- What Would You Do With $11,000? (4/9/2013)
- “Our Journey is Not Complete” – Equal Pay Requires Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act (01/29/2013) crossposted to The Hill
- On the First Anniversary of Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Stand Up or Be Trampled (6/20/2012)
- An Unhappy Anniversary for the Equal Pay Act (6/6/2012)
- The Paycheck Fairness Act: It’s Time to Stop the Catch 22 (6/4/2012)
- Paycheck Fairness Act Is Sorely Needed (5/4/2012)
- We Can’t Wait For Fair Pay (4/17/2012)
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- ACLU Factsheet on the Paycheck Fairness Act (Updated March 2015)
- ACLU Letter in Support of Paycheck Fairness Act for Senate Floor Vote September 2014
- ACLU Letter in Support of Paycheck Fairness Act for Senate Floor Vote 2014 (Updated 4/8/2014)
- ACLU Factsheet on Anti-Retaliation Executive Order – April 2014 (4/3/2014)
- ACLU Letter in Support of Paycheck Fairness Act for Senate Floor Vote 2014 (4/3/2014)
- ACLU Letter in Support of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.84) for Senate HELP Hearing (3/31/2014)
- ACLU Letter to Congress in Support of the Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduction (1/23/2013)
- ACLU Letter to President Obama on Executive Order Banning Retaliation for Wage Inquiries in Federal Contracting (4/17/2012)
- ACLU Letter on Paycheck Fairness Act Co-Sponsorship (4/7/2011)
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50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
This year marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This landmark piece of federal anti-discrimination law was one of the very first to address gender-based pay disparities. On the day he signed it, President Kennedy called the act a “first step” which “affirms our determination that when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes.” But he noted that “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity.”
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The ACLU works to end discrimination in the workplace and ensure that all workers — regardless of sex, race, national origin, age or disability—are able to bring home every dollar they rightfully earn. As a result of discrimination, including employers’ reliance on gender stereotypes, women lack parity with men in earnings.
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