Recommended Legislation for PAI support: Paycheck Fairness Act

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In the House as H.R. 1519

Click here for full text of bill – summary is below

Bill is sponsored by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).  Bill has been referred to House Committee on Education and the Workforce and subsequently to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (April 2011).

Contact Representative DeLauro:

Washington, DC

2413 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3661

Fax: 202-225-4890


Main District Office

59 Elm Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Phone: 203-562-3718

Fax: 203-772-2260

Stratford Exchange

Phone: 203-378-9005


In the Senate as S. 797

Bill is sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introductory remarks on the measure were made by Sen. Mikulski on the measure. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (April 2011)


Contact Senator Mikulski

Washington, DC

503 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

(202) 224-4654


901 S. Bond Street

Suite 310

Baltimore, MD 21231

Phone (410) 962 – 4510

Fax (410) 962 – 4760


Contact the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pension) Committee 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is the chairman of the HELP committee.  He is a champion of fair pay.  I encourage you to call both the HELP committee and Senator Harkin to encourage him to move this bill up in the hearing schedule!

HELP Committee

428 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Washington, DC 20510



Senator Harkin

731 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3254

Fax: 202-224-9369

** Note:  As a main issue of OWS is income inequality, it is critical that the gender wage gap be addressed.  No income equality can be reached until women make the same as men for the same job. 


  • Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to eligible entities for negotiation skills training programs for girls and women.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act – Amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.
  • Makes employers who violate sex discrimination prohibitions liable in a civil action for either compensatory or (except for the federal government) punitive damages.
  • Authorizes the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a sex discrimination action.


  • Conduct studies and provide information to employers, labor organizations, and the general public regarding the means available to eliminate pay disparities between men and women.
  • Establishes the Secretary of Labor’s National Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace for an employer who has made a substantial effort to eliminate pay disparities between men and women.
  • Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to require the EEOC to collect from employers pay information data regarding the sex, race, and national origin of employees for use in the enforcement of federal laws prohibiting pay discrimination.
  • Directs: (1) the Commissioner of Labor Statistics to continue to collect data on woman workers in the Current Employment Statistics survey, (2) the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to use specified types of methods in investigating compensation discrimination and in enforcing pay equity, and (3) the Secretary to make accurate information on compensation discrimination readily available to the public.
  • Directs the Secretary and the Commissioner of the EEOC jointly to develop technical assistance material to assist small businesses to comply with the requirements of this Act

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