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Wednesday, April 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Why passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is essential to closing the gender pay gap in the United States.

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Many people believe that the gender pay gap in the United States is a myth; however, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has shown that women typically made 80¢ to every man’s dollar in 2017. Steps have already been taken to try and reach pay equity in the U.S., such as the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act. However, there are still many loopholes that can be used to continue this unfair chain of unequal pay. The Paycheck Fairness Act was just reintroduced to Congress on January 30, 2019, and includes provisions that will address these ambiguities, such as having the EEOC issue regulations to provide for the collection from employers of compensation data and other employment-related data and sponsoring community informational and educational programs about pay disparities. Passing this act is essential in ensuring that employers pay women and men equally for equal work.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
RIC 120
  • Moderator Margaret Phillips