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ERA Hails White House and EEOC Equal Pay Proposal

January 29, 2016 | by

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sarah Christiano, Equal Rights Advocates, 408-605-2796


Equal Rights Advocates Hails Today’s
White House and EEOC Equal Pay Proposal

Equal Rights Advocates hails the proposal announced today by the White House and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) to address unequal pay practices.

The proposal would require companies with more than 100 employees to submit pay data by race, gender, and ethnicity in 12 salary ranges. The proposed rule expands a current requirement of large employers that they report workplace composition data by race, gender, and ethnicity. The White House estimates that the rule will affect more than 63 million employees. 

On this seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allowed more women to challenge long-standing pay discrimination, we are angered by a persistent pay gap costing women billions of dollars each year.

Equal Rights Advocates’ Executive Director Noreen Farrell stated:

“There are 63 million reasons to celebrate this proposal. Equal Rights Advocates welcomes the pay data proposal as a tool for workers, business, and enforcing agencies to expose and address pay differentials based on unlawful criteria. Pay discrimination is a problem than desperately needs fixing. It is about fairness, and it is about time.”

Equal Rights Advocates is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.

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