Engel Marks Equal Pay Day by Calling for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

Engel Marks Equal Pay Day by Calling for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel today marked Equal Pay Day by calling for the passage of H.R. 1869, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Equal Pay Day falls on April 10th, the 100th day of 2018, symbolizing the 100 extra days that the average American woman had to work just to earn what men did in 2017.American women working full-time typically earn 80 cents for every dollar that men earn doing the same work.

This divide grows even wider for women of color. Black women’s Equal Pay Day will not come until August 7th, and Latinas’ Equal Pay Day falls on November 1st – meaning they must work nearly a full extra year to match men’s earnings.

To finally eliminate this pervasive pay gap, Congressman Engel is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill, introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, would create stronger penalties for pay discrimination, allow women to join together in class-action lawsuits in response to sex-based pay discrimination, prohibit employers from punishing employees who share salary information, and take needed steps to ensure discriminatory salaries do not hold women back throughout their careers.

“There is absolutely no reason why any Member of Congress should oppose equal pay for equal work – and yet, only one House Republican has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act,” Congressman Engel said. “This should not be a partisan issue in Washington. Women are not second class citizens and it’s long past time our laws reflected that.

“It is time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and close the pay gap once and for all.”

Engel was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which became law in 2009.