Valley congressman helps to pass ‘historical’ legislation ensuring equal pay

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A Central Valley congressman helped to pass a historical piece of legislation that seeks to ensure equitable pay practices.

Congressman TJ Cox voted to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. This critical legislation strengthens loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women by providing effective solutions to unjust and inequitable pay practices, reads a news release from the congressman’s office.

Cox explains why he chose to take part in the passage of the legislation:

As a father, I want my daughter to have access to the same opportunities as her brothers. That’s why I’m proud to have voted in support of this crucial piece of legislation that will help ensure that every American receives equal pay for equal work. The wage gap is a family issue, and one that affects every American and Central Valley family. This is a critical step in repairing that injustice.

Notable points of the act, as stated by the congressman’s office:

  • Prohibits employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay, so that discrimination does not follow women in future jobs.
  • Bans retaliation against employees who discuss or disclose wages.
  • Requires employers to prove pay disparities are legitimate and not based on sex.
  • Provides assistance to businesses to help them with their equal pay practices.

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