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Pay Equity

Posted on: June 8, 2012

Wouldn’t you think that in 2012 there would be no objection to equal pay for equal work?  Well, you are wrong.  On Tuesday the 6th, an equal pay bill was defeated by a Senate Republican majority (52-47).  It’s not the GOP’s fault exclusively, however.  Two years ago, with a Democratic majority, a very similar bill bit the dust.

This bill, called the Paycheck Fairness Pay Act, would have amended the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to provide greater protections for women from wage discrimination.  The 1963 act, as most of the civil rights accomplishments of the 1960s, were focused on the plight of African American workers.

The Paycheck Fairness Pay Act, sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, would require employers to prove that differences in pay are based on qualifications, education and other “bona fides” not related to gender; would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who ask about, discuss or disclose wages in response to a complaint or investigation; and would make employers who violate sex discrimination laws liable for compensatory or punitive damages (although the federal government would be exempt from punitive damages as Mikulski’s bill was drafted).

Some of us are old enough to remember the ERA — which, after being introduced in some form or other as a constitutional amendment each session since the 1920s, was finally passed only to fail to be ratified.  That was in 1972.  Here we are, 40 years later struggling with the same ‘ole-same ‘ole.

Women have issues that are so global that they arc above petty partisan politics.  When are we going to get it and work together to get things done for us!


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