Rosen Calls for Gender Pay Parity, Co-Sponsors Paycheck Fairness Act

Rosen’s Announcement Comes on the 10 Year Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced her co-sponsorship of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The Paycheck Fairness Act would hold employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees.

“The gender pay gap continues to be a pervading issue that exists across all demographics and affects families from every background,” said Senator Rosen. “When women are left with less money to support themselves and their families, it affects our economy. We must level the playing field to ensure equal pay for equal work for women everywhere.”

BACKGROUND: Last Congress, Rosen supported the House companion to the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 1869. In Nevada, women make on average 81 cents for every dollar a man makes. This adds up to an annual pay gap of thousands of dollars, and that gap is even wider for women of color, especially among Latinas who make an average of 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes.