Last Wednesday April 9th, saw the House Republicans vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act—a bill proposed to achieve equal pay. This was the third time the bill had been blocked. The bill specifically intends to shorten the number of reasons a company can cite for paying women less than men.
As we wrote about in February, women still make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in the same job and with the same education. This is a problem that was endemic across all different professions.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Pay Act of 2009 currently protect employees, but those protections are limited. As well as attempting to even out pay, the Paycheck Fairness Act would also seek to bar employers from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries and to make it easier for women suffering discrimination to bring class action lawsuits against their employers.