Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the introduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
“Today, I am proud to join Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Democratic Members of Congress to introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act. It’s been over half a century since the Equal Pay Act was enacted, yet women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, the amount is even less. Although women make up half of the American workforce, they earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts. All workers, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or disability should be paid equally based on their work.
“The Paycheck Fairness Act will move our country closer to closing the gender wage gap, which causes every woman an estimated loss of $418,800 in earnings over her lifetime. This important legislation will close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, strengthen penalties against employers who violate the law, and require employers to prove that wage disparities among employees are not due to gender.
“I am proud to have long championed the Paycheck Fairness Act and effective policies to level the playing field in the American workforce during my tenure in Congress. In the 116th Congress, I will continue to fight for 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 can end this form of discrimination and ensure that all Americans earn equal pay for equal work.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman-designate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.