|The Paycheck Fairness Act would provide a much-needed update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963. It takes meaningful steps to create incentives for employers to follow the law, empower women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthen federal outreach and enforcement efforts. It would clarify acceptable reasons for differences
in pay by requiring employers to demonstrate that pay gaps between men and women doing the same work are truly a result of factors other than sex. It also strengthens penalties for equal pay violations and prohibits retaliation against workers who inquire about employers’ wage practices or disclose their wages. In addition, the bill provides women with a fair option to proceed in a class-action suit and allows them to receive punitive and compensatory damages for pay discrimination.