Delaney Cosponsors Equal Pay for Equal Work Legislation
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was reintroduced today by Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3). The Paycheck Fairness Act is designed to address the wage gap between men and women and strengthen the Equal Pay Act so that women receive equal pay for equal work.
“Equal pay for equal work is fundamental to our nation’s values,” said Congressman Delaney. “When women aren’t paid fairly it hurts individuals, hurts families and hurts our nation’s economic potential. It is fitting that this legislation is being filed this week, as Congress debates the House Majority’s Budget, which includes a number of harmful cuts to important programs that help working women and their families. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which will lead to more fairness and justice, is an example of what our priorities should be in Congress. I want to thank Senator Mikulski for her years of continued leadership on this issue. I am proud to stand with Senator Mikulski, Congresswoman DeLauro and the women of America in support of this bill.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens the Equal Pay Act signed into law in 1963 by President Kennedy. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job performance, not gender, and prohibits employer retaliation against workers who share salary information with coworkers. The Paycheck Fairness Act also strengthens remedies for pay discrimination by increasing the compensation women can seek, allowing them to seek both back pay and punitive damages for pay discrimination. The legislation also requires the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities.
The Paycheck Fairness Act has been endorsed by a coalition of over 300 advocacy groups.