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President Obama Responds To Failure of Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate

By Eric M. Gutierrez posted 06-07-2012 07:21 PM

On June 5, 2012, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released President Obama's statement on the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) to earn the requisite 60 votes to proceed to final consideration in the Senate: "This afternoon, Senate Republicans refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a commonsense piece of legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and give women more tools to fight pay discrimination..."

The PFA would have barred companies from retaliating against workers who inquire about pay disparities and permit employees to sue for punitive damages if they find evidence of broad differences in compensation between male and female workers. The bill also would have bolstered reforms enacted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 that expanded the statute of limitations for filing equal pay lawsuits.

NELA is an active member of the broad-based, national coalition that vigorously advocated for the PFA's passage.

Click here to read the President's entire statement:

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