Tester: Blocking Paycheck Fairness completely out-of-touch
Senator continues to push for equal pay for equal work
(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to receive enough votes to move forward in the Senate. Tester voted for the bill, which would give employees more tools and protections to make sure they are receiving equal pay for equal work:
“Equal pay for equal work is a basic American principle. The Paycheck Fairness Act would give women more power to make sure they are getting a fair wage. With our economy still strengthening and too many women being paid less than men for the same job, it’s completely out-of-touch to block this bill.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act would make it illegal for employers to retaliate against a worker who asks about the wages of another employee. It would also make employers liable to civil actions and require the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect pay information from employers.
Tester is a proud supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act that gives workers more time to protest paycheck discrimination.