Langevin Votes to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections

Mar 27, 2019 Issues: Children and Families, Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to strengthen equal pay protection laws. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242-187, builds upon existing pay protections to ensure men and women receive equal pay for equal work: 

“When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, it was a landmark moment in the fight to abolish gender- and sex-based pay discrimination in the workplace. While considerable progress has been made in the last half-century, a prominent gender wage gap in our society persists. Today, women still only earn an average of 80 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts. That is simply unacceptable.

“The reforms within the Paycheck Fairness Act are long-overdue. This bill mandates that businesses demonstrate that pay disparities are job-related and not discriminatory in nature. It would also ban the practice of setting compensation based on salary history, improve salary transparency, and close other loopholes in existing pay protection laws.

“The Paycheck Fairness Act will not only correct a long-standing injustice, it will also strengthen the economy on the whole and improve the livelihoods of countless working families in Rhode Island and across the country.”