"Take it from me, the consequences of pay discrimination, they last your entire life.” Lilly Ledbetter
The first bill that President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturned a Supreme Court decision that restricted the time that women could bring discrimination claims for unfair pay. Some progress has been made since 2009, but all-of-us have a long way to go. While pay discrimination is illegal, it remains rampant. Women still make far less than men working in similar jobs (80 cents on the dollar!). The currently pending Paycheck Fairness Act is designed to root out the causes of pay disparity by, among other things, allowing women to share salary information with their colleagues and prohibiting employers from considering salary history as the basis for salaries. All-of-us must fight for equal pay.
1 Learn more about the Paycheck Fairness Act from the ACLU here.
2 Call your senators and ask them to support S. 270.3 Call your representative and ask her/him to support H.R. 7.