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Bonamici Praises Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

March 27, 2019
Press Release

Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education and Labor Committee’s Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, celebrated the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the House of Representatives.


H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, takes important steps to protect workers from wage inequities and hold employers accountable for pay discrimination. The bill would strengthen salary data collection and transparency, require employers to prove that a pay disparity exists for legitimate reasons, improve enforcement tools, ban retaliation against workers who discuss their wages, and remove obstacles for workers to challenge systemic pay discrimination.


“The House’s passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step to address the persistent gender-based wage discrimination that harms women and working families,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Even in 2019, equal pay for equal work is still not always a reality and we need to do more to address the wage gap.


Women in nearly all occupations, regardless of education, experience, industry, or job title, often experience a wage gap, and it is even more pronounced for women of color. The Paycheck Fairness Act would help to address the pay gap by closing loopholes in current law and providing workers with the tools they need to achieve equal pay for equal work. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take up this legislation quickly.”


Bonamici spoke on the House floor in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Video of her remarks can be found here.


The Paycheck Fairness Act is the first bill from the Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services to be considered on House floor.