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Democratic Congresswomen put forth 'long overdue' legislation demanding fair pay for women

Brittany Shoot writes in Fortune, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined several Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday to announce that they are reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a U.S. House Representative from Connecticut, and Senator Patty Murray, who represents the state of Washington, introduced the legislation meant to bolster equal pay protections for women and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Rep. DeLauro called the legislation “long overdue.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which was first introduced in 1997, would ensure that people doing the same work would receive the same pay, thereby helping to close the wage gap. Employers that pay employees different amounts for the same jobs would be required to demonstrate a cause for that discrepancy other than gender. It would also guarantee working women the right to challenge pay discrimination. Additionally, the Paycheck Fairness Act would end the practice of pay secrecy." READ MORE>>

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