WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined fellow House Democrats today to mark Equal Pay Day and the reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Equal Pay Day, which falls this year on the 94th day of 2017, denotes the day when women’s earnings catch up with men’s earnings from the prior year. On average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar that men earn doing the same work. As a result, a woman must work more than fifteen months to earn what a man earns in a single calendar year. Sadly, this divide grows even wider for women of color.
In an effort to finally close this insidious gap, Congressman Engel has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
This bill, reintroduced today by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, aims to remedy the pervasive pay disparity between men and women. The bill permits women to join together in class-action lawsuits in response to sex-based pay discrimination, expands remedies to include punitive and compensatory damages, bars employers from punishing employees who share salary information, and takes concrete steps to ensure discriminatory salaries do not plague women throughout their careers.
“Today, I call on House Republican leaders to allow consideration and passage the Paycheck Fairness Act,” Engel said. “There is no reason for any member of Congress to oppose equal pay for equal work. While our nation has made strides in the fight for women’s equality, we cannot stop working until every American woman is paid what she has earned.”
Please note this press release was originally published on April 4, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.