On Anniversary of Ledbetter Act, Call for More Improvements

One year ago today, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, correcting a deplorable Supreme Court decision that would have left women similar to Lilly Ledbetter with virtually no recourse to address pay discrimination. While this was a great victory, we call on the Senate to take the next step and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Women working full-time, year-round are paid about 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. The Paycheck Fairness Act will help change this long-standing pay inequity by:

  1. Making it harder for employers to justify wage discrimination;
  2. Prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers’ wage practices or disclose their own wages;
  3. Authorizing the government to collect wage data so civil rights enforcement agencies can target their resources; and
  4. Offering employers technical assistance to help them analyze their pay data and make sure they are not discriminating.

The House has already passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, and there are 35 co-sponsors in the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to advance this bill (S.182) to make clear that wage discrimination must stop. Please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your senators’ offices. Thank those who have already co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act and urge the rest to support this critical legislation today. Click Here for a list of Co-sponsors .

Please join CLUW, the only national organization for union women, as we fight to end pay discrimination.