In January, the House of Representative passed the Paycheck Fairness Act. If passed by the Senate, this Act would strengthen current laws against wage discrimination and provide tools to enable the federal government to be more proactive in this fight by:
- closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages
- allowing women and men to receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subject to discrimination based on race and national origin
- improving the collection of pay information by the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enable those agencies to evaluate pay disparities, facilitate class actions in Equal Pay Act claims, and spark the development of salary negotiation skills training.