On Equal Pay Day, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) reiterated his support for the Paycheck Fairness Act and called on Congress to pass important legislation ensuring that working men and women are paid equally for the same work. Today, women in the United States continue to earn less on average than their male counterparts, and this pay discrepancy is augmented by workplace discrimination, which has limited women from achieving the highest positions within their chosen fields.
“In the year 2015, it is outrageous that women still earn less than men for the same work,” said Moulton. “At a time when more and more families rely on a woman’s salary to make ends meet, it is inexcusable that pay inequality still exists. I have long said that equal pay is a priority of mine, and I’m proud to uphold my promise to Massachusetts women and families by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act. I will continue to fight until equal pay is the law of the land.”
Moulton joined the entire Democratic Caucus as an original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. Specifically, this legislation requires employers to demonstrate that any pay disparity is truly related to job performance, not gender; improves remedies for women experiencing pay discrimination; prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers; and empowers women in the workplace through a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills.