WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Equal Pay Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced legislation that would put an end to pay discrimination based on gender. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes that allow women to continue to be paid less than men. Ohio women are paid only 75 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Nationwide, women earn 80 percent of what men make.
“We cannot allow Ohio women to be cheated out of wages they’ve earned,” said Brown. “It hurts working families and our economy when women earn less than men for the same job.”
To address this gap, Sen. Brown supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and help women fight wage discrimination by:
- Prohibiting employers from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries with their colleagues;
- Making gender-based discrimination equal to other forms of wage discrimination, and allowing women to take legal action for damages;
- Requiring employers to prove that pay differences exist for legitimate reasons such as education, training, and experience;
- Creating a negotiation skills training program for women and girls;
- Establishing the Secretary of Labor’s National Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace for an employer who has made a substantial effort to eliminate pay disparities between men and women;
- Providing small businesses and other businesses assistance with equal pay practices; and
- Enhancing the ability of the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate and enforce pay discrimination laws.