ROSEN COSPONSORS PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT ON EQUAL PAY DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after cosponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee women the ability to challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable:
“Equal pay for equal work is far overdue. Like so many women in this country, closing the pay gap is personal for me,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. “When I started my career as a computer programmer in Nevada, I experienced wage discrimination first-hand and while the gap has closed significantly since then, women in Nevada who hold full-time, year-round jobs still only make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. For minority women, the disparity is even greater. Ensuring women are paid fairly strengthens families and our communities.”
Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees.