WASHINGTON, D.C. — History was made this week as Congressman TJ Cox voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The bill, H.R. 7, strengthens loopholes and provides provisions to the 1963 Equal Pay Act. The bill also provides effective solutions to unjust and inequitable pay practices against women.
Below is a list of key provisions to the bill:
- Prohibits employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay, so that discrimination does not follow women in future jobs
- Bans retaliation against employees who discuss or disclose wages;
- Requires employers to prove pay disparities are legitimate and not based on sex;
- Provides assistance to businesses to help them with their equal pay practices.
In a statement Congressman Cox said:
“As a father, I want my daughter to have access to the same opportunities as her brothers. That’s why I’m proud to have voted in support of this crucial piece of legislation that will help ensure that every American receives equal pay for equal work."