‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ to close gender wage gap, protect workers, proposed in Congress

WAVY NORFOLK, BRIE JACKSON


This week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill to close the gender wage gap. Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger is a co-sponsor of the “Paycheck Fairness Act.”  

Representative Spanberger said she wants to ensure employees, in particular women, get paid equal pay for equal work. 

“In Virginia, for example, women make 78 cents on the dollar of what men make” said Rep. Spanberger. “This disparity impacts not only the wage earner but it impacts the family they support.”  

Under the proposed bill, employers would have to prove that pay disparities exist due to legitimate, job-related reasons. The bill would also ban retaliation against workers who discuss their wages and prohibit employers from seeking the salary history of prospective employees.

“It’s about ensuring that families, in particular, the women who are supporting families have the ability to earn pay equal to their male counterparts” said Rep. Spanberger.

A vote on the “Paycheck Fairness Act” is likely to pass the House but it could face an uphill battle in the Senate. 

Recent Posts


Feb 23, 2024
Local Issues

Spanberger, Garbarino Lead Bipartisan Bill to Track & Report Tick Bite-Associated Condition, Alpha-Gal Syndrome

The Congresswoman’s “Recognize AGS Act” Would Direct HHS to Make Alpha-Gal Syndrome a Nationally Notifiable Disease WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow for greater monitoring and reporting of alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alpha-gal syndrome […]



Feb 22, 2024
Press

Spanberger Urges Health Insurers to Fully Cover Birth Control, As Required by the Affordable Care Act

This Effort Comes After Years of Systemic Noncompliance by Insurance Plans & Women Paying Out of Pocket or Facing Administrative Red Tape to Access Birth Control WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today joined more than 150 U.S. House and U.S. Senate colleagues in urging health insurers to improve access to birth control by […]



Feb 21, 2024
Press

Spanberger Announces Sixth Annual Congressional Art Competition, Invites Virginia High School Students to Submit Artwork

The Winner’s Artwork Will Be Displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for One Year Alongside Winners from All 50 States WOODBRIDGE, Va. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today invited high school students from Virginia’s Seventh District to submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Every year, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives […]