March 27, 2019
Press Release
On average, women who work full-time, year-round, are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men African American women earned only approximately 61 cents and Latinas only 53 cents for each dollar earned by a white male

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted to support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to ensure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. Rep. Morelle is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“As a nation, we have made significant strides in the fight for equal rights – but alarming disparities still exist in the workplace that prevent women, and especially women of color, from achieving the full equality they deserve,” said Rep. Morelle. “We have a moral obligation to ensure that every person receives equal pay for equal work, period. I am proud to co-sponsor this long-overdue legislation and take this important step toward closing the wage gap once and for all.”

This legislation eliminates loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, helping to break harmful patterns of pay discrimination and strengthen workplace protections for women and minorities. Specifically, this legislation would:

  • Prohibit employers from screening job applicants based on their salary history or requiring salary history during the interview and hiring process;
  • Protect against retaliation for discussing salaries with colleagues;
  • Equalize discrimination claims based on gender, race, and ethnicity, so plaintiffs who file claims under the Equal Pay Act have the same remedies as those who make claims under other laws;
  • Help ensure the Department of Labor (DOL) uses the full range of investigatory tools to uncover wage discrimination, including collecting federal contractors’ wage data;
  • Direct the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to conduct a survey of available wage information to assist federal agencies in enforcing wage discrimination laws and creating a system to collect wage data.

“We owe it to current and future generations to do everything within our power to break down the harmful barriers of gender and racial inequality that still plague our nation,” continued Rep. Morelle. “A great deal of work still lies ahead, but I remain committed to continuing the fight for equal rights for every American.”