Paycheck Fairness Act Scheduled for a Vote on 11/16/10

The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

From the National Women’s Law Center:

The Paycheck Fairness Act will:

Modernize the Equal Pay Act:

  • Makes the Equal Pay Act defenses match those in similar Title VII claims
  • Brings remedies available under the Equal Pay Act into line with those available under other civil rights laws
  • Makes the requirements for class action lawsuits under the Equal Pay Act match those of Title VII
  • Protects workers who share their own salary information at work from retaliation by an employer

Improve Data Collection on Pay Practices:

  • Reinstates wage data collection from federal contractors by the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Allows the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to study and conduct wage data collection from private employers

Provide Fair Pay Training:

  • Recognizes employers for excellence in their pay practices
  • Provides assistance to all businesses, with a special focus on small businesses, to help them with their equal pay practices
  • Creates a negotiation skills training program for women and girls

The full text of the Act can be found here (via OpenCongress.org).

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