What’s New In Washington: Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduced On Equal Pay Day

By NELA HQ posted 04-05-2017 03:18 PM

On April 4, 2017 in honor of Equal Pay Day, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively. On average, women still earn only about 80 percent of what men earn. Women’s income comprises an increasingly greater share of family income. Pay inequity harms not only women, but also the families that rely on their income, and the economy overall.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would go a long way toward eradicating the pay gap by placing the burden on employers to demonstrate that pay disparities are not sex-based, prohibiting retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages to others, and barring employers from using salary history in determining future pay so that pay discrimination does not follow women from job to job.

NELA joined our Equal Pay allies for a Twitterstorm on April 4 to raise our voices in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Learn more about sex discrimination in compensation at NELA’s 2017 Annual Convention on June 21–24 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:00–3:15 p.m. for the following presentation:
Title VII & The Equal Pay Act: Dynamic Duo When Challenging Sex Discrimination In Compensation
Moderator/Speaker: Deborah Marcuse
Speakers: David Sanford & David E. Schlesinger
There has been an increasing trend of bringing both Equal Pay Act (EPA) collective actions and Title VII class actions in one case, and there have long been examples of such claims being combined in individual litigation. This panel will address the pros and cons of bringing both claims simultaneously, and provide advice on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks from this combination. Specific topics include managing the administrative exhaustion process where one claim requires exhaustion and the other does not; strategic and logistical issues in handling opt in collective action and opt out Rule 23 classes; considerations related to comparators; how the defenses under the EPA and the disparate impact/business justification defenses relate to one another; the impact of adding EPA claims on the statistical analysis; how to prove these claims; and settlement issues.
Register now for the 2017 Annual Convention.