April 08, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren urges colleagues to pass Paycheck Fairness Act addressing income inequality between men and women

By: Robert Rizzuto

April 8, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., took to the floor of the Senate Tuesday to urge her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which addresses pay inequalities between men and women in America.

The bill would require employers to prove that any discrepancies between male and female pay are job-related and not based in discrimination. Its inception stems in part by a census report which concluded that women typically earn 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn for the same position in 264 of 265 major occupation categories.

"America's women are tired of hearing that pay inequality isn't real," Warren argued on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. "We're tired of hearing that it is somehow our fault. And we're ready to fight back against pay discrimination... [the Paycheck Fairness Act] simply provides the tools that women need to make sure that salary differences have something to do with the actual job that they are doing - and not just the fact that they are women."

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