Tuesday morning I met with a woman I know from the National Women’s Law Center press shop and I told her that it’s very tempting to just blog on their work every day. I get a lot of good shit from them. She, of course, didn’t see the problem. (To which I say: put me on the payroll! I’m kidding, but I’m not.)
The Paycheck Fairness Act was originally bundled with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act when it was moving through Congress last year. This year the Ledbetter bill was passed on its own and signed by Obama on January 29. Yay, but we’re not quite done.
More from the NWLC:
While the Ledbetter law preserves the right to seek legal redress, the Paycheck Fairness Act would provide the tools necessary to give new teeth to equal pay laws, and provide incentives for businesses to follow the law in the first place.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations, closing loopholes that courts have opened in the four decades that the Equal Pay Act has been the law, and prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages. In short, the bill gives women critical tools they need to fight pay discrimination in the 21st century.
NWLC has a petition on their website, urging the Senate to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and more on the whole fair pay campaign. What’s nice is, unlike years past, this bill actually has a snowball’s chance of passage and could actually get signed. It’s refreshing.
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