Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Now!


Women across the country continue to be paid less than men — and are at a higher risk of poverty as a result. Pay discrimination is one reason why. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a vital piece of legislation that will help fix this by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and offering further protections against pay discrimination.The House of Representatives will vote on the bill this week — they need to hear from you now!

Urge Your Representative to Vote YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act

Tell your lawmaker to support equal pay by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act without any weakening amendments.





The Paycheck Fairness Act updates protections for workers experiencing sex-based pay discrimination by:

  • Closing loopholes that have allowed employers to pay women less than men for the same work for decades,
  • Prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to set pay when hiring,
  • Ensuring women can receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination as are available for race- or ethnicity-based discrimination,
  • Promoting pay transparency by protecting workers from retaliation for discussing or disclosing their wages,
  • And requiring employers to report pay data to the EEOC.

Tell your representative it’s time to show up for equal pay for women.

We need stronger laws to help root out pay discrimination and close the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a great place to start.

Maya Raghu
Director of Workplace Equality & Senior Counsel
National Women’s Law Center




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‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race

The Obama-era pay data collection requirement aims to tackle employer discrimination against women and minorities.

Source: ‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race – The Washington Post

Note: Companies forced to report this information have more equal pay. A study looking at a British survey found that making pay practices transparent raised all employees’ wages. And gender wage gaps are far smaller in both unionized workplaces and the public sector, where pay scales are usually available to anyone.

Equal Pay Day is April 2, 2019. 

Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.