For in the gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act

For many years women have been underpaid to complete the
same job as a man. Higher-paid women suffer bigger gender wage gaps, men earn
more even when they enter women-dominated fields, gender pay gap is fueling the
retirement crisis, and women are underrepresented in the top paying jobs. In
the United States women that work full-time are typically paid only 80 cents
for every dollar paid to males. Closing the gender pay gap would improve women’s
Social Security protections and strength social security’s financing. Discrimination
is said to be the main reason of this gap. Also, factors such as differences in
occupations and industry have contributions in the gap. The Paycheck Fairness
Act would be a serious step forward in closing the gender wage gap by eliminating
gender-based pay inconsistencies and banning workplace policies that penalize
employees for sharing wage information. The existing laws that have provided for
equal pay protections, the Equal Pay Act and Title VII, have existed for more
than 50 years. In response to these challenges, two major bills, the Fair Pay
Act, or FPA, and the Paycheck Fairness Act, or PFA have been implemented to
strengthen existing equal pay protections. In 1994 Tom Harkin and Delegate
Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the Fair Pay Act that was intended to address
the problem of overly narrow judicial interpretations of what constitutes
“equal work” by broadening the legal standard used to encompass “equivalent
work.” Although the bill has been introduced in every Congress since 1997,
Congress has yet to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law, thereby further
contributing to the loss of hard-earned wages for millions of workers and
families. Back in 2014, Republican senators, including all four Republican
women, totally voted against the Paycheck Fairness. One senator worried that it
would prohibit merit based pay. Another senator felt that passing another bill
will cause an excessive litigation that would impose a real burden on small businesses.
Meaning, congress somewhat agrees to the senseless act of treating women
differently than men. The world has changed but not enough for some people to
acknowledge that women deserve equal treatment as men.