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1/29/2013--Introduced.Fair Pay Act of 2013 - Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or... Read More

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Date Introduced
Jan 29, 2013

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75 Supporting
104 Opposing
42% 58%

State: CA

8 Supporting
4 Opposing
67% 33%

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“…The Fair Pay Act would address the more systematic forms of discrimination and the historic pattern of undervaluing and underpaying so-called “women’s” work. Millions of women have jobs—for example, social workers, teachers, child care workers and nurses—that are equivalent in skills, effort, responsibility and working conditions to jobs that are usually held by men. However, the jobs that are predominantly held by women pay significantly less. …” “…The Fair Pay Act would: • Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, race or national origin; • Require employers to provide equal pay for jobs that are comparable in skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions; • Prohibit companies from reducing other employees’ wages to achieve pay equity; • Require public disclosure of employer job categories and pay scales, without requiring specific information on individual employees; and • Allow payment of different wages under a seniority system, merit system, or system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production…” The previous summary is an excerpt from the following website: http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=7f386905-e6aa-4d0a-b628-380acfaf6f47

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The Fair Pay Act (S.168, H.R.438) is sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). It seeks to end wage discrimination against those who work in female-dominated or minority-dominated jobs by establishing equal pay for equivalent work. For example, within individual companies, employers could not pay jobs that are held predominately by women less than jobs held predominately by men if those jobs are equivalent in value to the employer. The bill also protects workers on the basis of race or national origin. The Fair Pay Act makes exceptions for different wage rates based on seniority, merit, or quantity or quality of work. It also contains a small business exemption. http://www.pay-equity.org/info-leg.html

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Two pieces of legislation would help level the playing field. The Fair Pay Act (S.168, H.R.438) is sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). It seeks to end wage discrimination against those who work in female-dominated or minority-dominated jobs by establishing equal pay for equivalent work. For example, within individual companies, employers could not pay jobs that are held predominately by women less than jobs held predominately by men if those jobs are equivalent in value to the employer. The bill also protects workers on the basis of race or national origin. The Fair Pay Act makes exceptions for different wage rates based on seniority, merit, or quantity or quality of work. It also contains a small business exemption. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S.84, H.R.377), sponsored by Senator Barbara Milkuski (D-MD) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), strengthens and updates the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The bill expands damages under the Equal Pay Act and amends its very broad fourth affirmative defense. In addition, the Paycheck Fairness Act calls for a study of data collected by the EEOC and proposes voluntary guide- lines to show employers how to evaluate jobs, with the goal of elim- inating unfair disparities. These bills have been repeatedly blocked from debate in both the Senate and the House. Urge your representatives to bring these bills to the floor now and to pass legislation that would bring women’s wages in line with men’s. http://www.hadassah.org/atf/cf/%7B3E7B035F-EF15-490E-B27B-647B9E1FB4E2%7D/July-August%202013%20WEB.pdf

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Hadassah 6 months ago

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I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because two employees with the equal work history, equal education levels, and equal levels of training should be making equal pay regardless of gender. Women have already long since demonstrated that they are just as capable of doing any given job as well as men when the notion of their gender has been removed from the equation. Women are not weaker than men, nor less than men. Only men who secretly feel inferior to women, and only women who've been effectively brainwashed into thinking that they can't do everything men can do (including quite often better than men can), continually whine when women demand to be treated and payed equally that somehow those demands are unfounded. Somehow actually paying women less than men and no longer allowing discrimination of any kind based on gender is going to harm the economy. In the words of Vice President Biden: "Malarkey!" Paying women equally for the same work that their male counterparts do will in fact help to Boost the economy. Only the misogynistic want to pay women less than men. Misogyny needs to end, and passing this act will definitely be a step in the right direction.

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ACE910046SCA1
PA-8
6 months ago

I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...and so should congress. Better pay will make a stronger U.S.. Also in a pay check should be insurance. Congress is insured,so the working have a human right. Same as civil rights, Insurance should be shared on the cost from goverment,company,employer. Help our country-not hurt the worker. Wal-mart should be closed or taken to court due to their pay and no insurance-then we pay subsuidy to them?

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TN
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Anonymous520951
TN-6
6 months ago

I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because people doing the same amount of work and the same work should not be paid differently due to their gender.

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NC
11
MikWats
NC-11
6 months ago

I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because women deserve equal pay for equal work. Yes, there should be room for employees to negotiate with their employers to better their own situation. But we should not be allowing the starting points for these negotiations to begin at different levels.

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NV
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Squeege
NV-3
8 months ago

I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because... as an African American female I am still discovering daily the gap in pay females and minorities are experiencing. I personally found out that a former employer of mines paid me a lesser wage than that of my white female coworkers and male coworkers for the same position and duties. I cannot do anything about the loss in wages I have experienced, because the allotted time for claims has passed. However, I feel with the passing of the Fair Pay Act of 2013 I will at least have an additional law on the books that will hopefully start to rectify the wage gap that is occurring for myself and so many other individuals.

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OH
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confidentlady07
OH-11
1 year ago

I support H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because..."Women -- who make up nearly half of our Nation's workforce -- face a pay gap that means they earn 23 percent less on average than men do. That disparity is even greater for African-American women and Latinas. On National Equal Pay Day, we recognize this injustice by marking how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in the previous one." ~ Barack Obama Ask the President about Equal Pay standards in the White House...and Let's ask YOU about YOUR staff!

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NJ
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DameYankee
NJ-2
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because there is little difference in male/female wages when experience and productivity are factored-in. The actual effect of the Act would be to REDUCE wages for EVERYONE by reducing efficiency and productivity.

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FL
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Anonymous491228
FL-27
6 months ago

I oppose H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because it's already illegal to discriminate against someone for all of these reasons. No need to muddy the water with duplicate laws.

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NC
4
jsshore
NC-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...More political BS by lawyers to get more business at taxpayer expense, duplication of laws, a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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AR
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letsberealistic
AR-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because... Jeez Louise... we already have laws that cover these issues. Stop wasting time and money on stupid stuff.

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AZ
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SaveOurNation
AZ-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 438 because MLK may have been dreaming but today, it is reality. Welfare capitalism has never worked, except to grow government. This refers to all capitalist economies that include comprehensive social welfare policies, like the ones, Obama want to use to, “Fundamentally Transform America”. This is another economic intervention. This is political action taken by a government, in a market economy or market-based mixed economy under false pretenses. This will, “affect the bad economy, with high unemployment, positively”, beyond the basic regulation of fraud and enforcement of contracts and provision of public goods, that are already laws, policies and/or existing regulations. They never ever can work because it is underfunding that will always needs (To provide more grants), "because it did not work last time". Obamacare needs to be defunded. We need government to get out of our Americanism way of life. The “melting pot” using Capitalism to produce a heterogeneous society with generations and diversity of cultures blending into a harmonious, free, brave, self-reliant, and proud culture called exceptional “Americans”, not “AmeriCronians”.

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FL
13
MrCapitaliism
FL-13
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...We have had this covered for years.

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MO
4
mackelby
MO-4
1 year ago

Bill Summary

1/29/2013--Introduced.Fair Pay Act of 2013 - Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or national origin. (Allows payment of different wages under seniority systems, merit systems, systems that measure earnings by quantity or quality of production, or differentials based on bona fide factors that the employer demonstrates are job-related or further legitimate business interests.) Prohibits the discharge of, or any other discrimination against, an individual for opposing any act or practice made unlawful by this Act, or for assisting in an investigation or proceeding under it. Directs courts, in any action brought under this Act for violation of such prohibition, to allow expert fees as part of the costs awarded to prevailing plaintiffs. Allows any such action to be maintained as a class action. Directs the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to: (1) undertake studies and provide information and technical assistance to employers, labor organizations, and the general public concerning effective means available to implement this Act; and (2) carry on a continuing program of research, education, and technical assistance with specified components related to the purposes of this Act. Makes conforming amendments relating to congressional and executive branch employees to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 and the Presidential and Executive Office Accountability Act.

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