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03.26.19

IFPTE Calls on Representatives to End Gender Pay Discrimination

In a letter to the House of Representatives, IFPTE urged Members of Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is “aimed at closing the pay discrimination gap by strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963.”

Women comprise over 58% of the U.S. labor force but are paid 80 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The disparities are even greater for African-American, Black, Hispanic, and Latina Women (see the American Association of University Women’s research for more information).

This disparity extends into professional and related occupations as well. DPE’s report, Professional Women: A Gendered Look at Inequality in the U.S. Workforce shows that women with bachelors’ degrees and higher earned 86% of what men with comparable education earn.

While unions and collective bargaining effectively combat the gender pay disparities, pay discrimination should not be an enduring feature of the economy. The Paycheck Fairness Act is crucial legislation that moves U.S. labor standards forward and remedies gender pay discrimination by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

  • 3/27/2019 - UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act by a vote of 242 to 187. The Senate version of the bill, S. 270, has been introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Read IFPTE’s letter to the House urging passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

Read the letter signed by over 300 organizations – including IFPTE – supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

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