Hastings Marks Sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“Today, we recognize the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Passed in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, the Act eased access to the courts for women seeking to challenge pay discrimination and encouraged employers to implement fair payment practices.
“This bill was the first to be signed into law by President Obama. Since then, Democrats in Congress have continued to place paycheck equality at the forefront of their agenda. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act and Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.
“The continued importance of equal pay was highlighted yet again by President Obama in last week’s State of the Union address. Despite our progress, equal pay for equal work is still a distant notion for many women in the workforce. Approximately half of American workers today are female. Yet women still receive only $0.78 cents on the dollar compared to men, with African American and Latina women receiving even less.
“As we mark this anniversary, it is important to renew our efforts to address discrimination against women in all its forms. In the 114th Congress, I will continue to support legislation that mandates paycheck fairness, invests in employment opportunities for women, supports fair maternity and family leave policies and raises the minimum wage. Together, we must commit to ending discrimination once and for all.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.