BACON JOINS STEFANIK, COSPONSORS WAGE EQUITY ACT
Washington – Today, Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) became an original cosponsor of Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (NY-21) Wage Equity Act to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Modeled after bipartisan legislation that has been signed into law in states across the country, the bill encourages employers to proactively evaluate their pay practices and eliminate pay disparities in their workplaces, while empowering employees to negotiate pay based on their qualifications and merit.
The Wage Equity Act comes ahead of the Democrats’ proposal, which benefits trial lawyers over working women; limits the rights of prospective employees in the hiring process; and impedes American job creators with millions of dollars in compliance costs.
“Equal work deserves equal pay. Addressing pay discrimination in the workplace must be a priority,” said Bacon. “H.R. 7, the so-called “Paycheck Fairness Act” introduced by my Democrat colleagues, offers no new protections, threatens workers’ privacy, and drags hardworking women through never-ending legal proceedings and lawsuits.”
“The Wage Equity Act is a practical, 21st century solution to achieve equal pay for equal work once and for all by empowering businesses and employees to work together in pursuit of this common goal,” said Stefanik. “The Democrats’ alternative legislation would pave the way for frivolous lawsuits and unnecessary burdens on businesses, including those owned and operated by women themselves.”
Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, added, “Rep. Stefanik’s bill helps working women unlike the Democrats’ so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, which will unfairly punish business owners and reward trial lawyers rather than workers. H.R. 7 is a disingenuous effort on behalf of Democrats to signal ‘progress’ without affecting any change. If Democrats are truly interested in supporting working women, then Rep. Stefanik’s bill—which among other provisions encourages employers to evaluate their pay practices, ensures pay differences among workers of the opposite sex are due to legitimate, business-related reasons, and directs funds and research towards women’s advancement—is a no-brainer.”
The Wage Equity Act would empower women in the 21st century workplace by:
In contrast, the Democrats’ Paycheck Fairness Act empowers trial lawyers over employees and employers, and intrudes on America’s businesses by: