WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today joined a majority of the House in voting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that promotes equity in America, closes unfair loopholes, and provides effective remedies for women who are not getting equal pay for equal work.
An original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Congresswoman Luria cheered the bill’s House passage and urged the Senate to follow suit.
“Nearly two decades into the 21st century, it’s long past time that our daughters are paid the same way we pay our sons,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Today the House took a big step in the right direction, and I was proud to help lead that effort. I hope the Senate will step up for women in America.”
According to the National Women’s Law Center, women in Virginia typically make $0.79 for every dollar paid to men. The national average is $0.80.
America will be marking Equal Pay Day next week – Tuesday, April 2. Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, three months into the year, women’s wages catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.
Among its key provisions, the Paycheck Fairness Act:
- Requires employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons. In doing so, it ensures that employers who try to justify paying a man more than a woman for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based, but job-related and necessary.
- Bans retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages.
- Ensures women can receive the same robust remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity.
- Removes obstacles in the Equal Pay Act to facilitate a wronged worker’s participation in class-action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination.
- Makes improvements in the Department of Labor’s tools for enforcing the Equal Pay Act.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves asChair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.