APA Supports Pay Equality for Women

In anticipation of an early June Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220), the Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) mobilized members of the Public Policy Advocacy Network (PPAN) and Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women, to urge their Senators to support the bill. Unfortunately, in a 52-47 vote along party lines, the act was defeated on a procedural vote. APA will continue to advocate for this critical legislation to ensure pay equity across genders.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, first introduced in the House (H.R. 1519) and Senate in 2011, is designed to close loopholes in current law that enable wage discrimination based on gender and make key progress toward eliminating the gender wage gap. Specifically, the bill would:

  • Enhance enforcement of equal pay requirements, including requiring employers to demonstrate that wage discrepancies are not sex-based and have a business justification, prohibiting employer retaliation and improving remedies for pay discrimination.

  • Train Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) employees and affected individuals and entities on matters involving wage discrimination.

  • Provide negotiation skills training programs for girls and women.

  • Empower employers, labor organizations and the general public with means to eliminate pay disparities between men and women.

  • Establish the Secretary of Labor's National Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace to encourage proactive compliance efforts.

  • Collect data on women workers and pay equity.

APA sent a letter of thanks (44KB) to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) for her leadership in sponsoring this important legislation.