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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

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 29, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or national origin, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Fair Pay Act of 2013''. (b) Reference.--Except as provided in section 8, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.).

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) Wage rate differentials exist between equivalent jobs segregated by sex, race, and national origin in Government employment and in industries engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce. (2) The existence of such wage rate differentials-- (A) depresses wages and living standards for employees necessary for their health and efficiency; (B) prevents the maximum utilization of the available labor resources; (C) tends to cause labor disputes, thereby burdening, affecting, and obstructing commerce; (D) burdens commerce and the free flow of goods in commerce; and (E) constitutes an unfair method of competition. (3) Discrimination in hiring and promotion has played a role in maintaining a segregated work force. (4) Many women and people of color...

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122 Supporting
164 Opposing
43% 57%

State: CA

10 Supporting
7 Opposing
59% 41%

District: 1st

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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 5 months ago

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I support S. 168: 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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PA
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ACE910046SCA1
PA-8
5 months ago

I support S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...This act should also provide to all employees. With the goverment,company, and employee paying their share. Untill all are insured we do have equal employment. Insurance should included within a paycheck.. Congress members are insured-the working class should also be covered.

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TN
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Anonymous520951
TN-6
5 months ago

I support S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...If you can do the job you deserve the pay.

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MI
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screennamesrestupid
MI-9
11 months ago

I support S. 168: 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 Let's ask HIM how equal is the pay of the White House Staff...or even YOUR staffs...

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NJ
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DameYankee
NJ-2
1 year ago

I support S. 168 ("A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in") because this measure is long overdue. During my years of employment, I was fortunate enough to work mainly in professions which did not discriminate. There was an occasion, however, where I was denied a job because of my sex. Unfortunately, I was not told this until after I had spent money to relocate on the promise that the job would be mine. Please support this measure. Thanks.

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WA
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JaneL
WA-10
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...democrats are idiots.

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VA
4
dowdwm
VA-4
5 months ago

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because it is not needed.

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TX
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SteveJ
TX-36
5 months ago

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...when Barbara Boxer is for it, I'm against it

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IN
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sherry333
IN-8
5 months ago

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because it is another case of excessive federal government intervention.

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ME
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meridian
ME-1
5 months ago

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because...A private company should not be forced to pay their employees any type of wage by the government. The FREE market decides it already.

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AK
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bearhntr
AK-0
5 months ago

I oppose S. 168: Fair Pay Act of 2013 because most of you aren't even fair to your own workers. This is just another way to get two faced to the common man (or woman, whatever the case may be). If the government would stay out of business altogether, maybe the economy could get moving again. "The answer to the problem isn't the government, the problem IS the government". - President Ronald Reagan.

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CA
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strings55
CA-31
5 months 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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