Congressman Andy Levin Votes to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

March 27, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today voted to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would modernize the Equal Pay Act by improving the Department of Labor’s tools for enforcement and bring the country one step closer to ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work.

The final legislation passed in the House with 242 Yeas and 187 Nays.

“The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures women can receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity,” said Congressman Andy Levin. “This is extremely important since the progress we have made has still left behind women of color, who face an even larger wage gap than their white counterparts and are often the primary breadwinner of their households. I’m proud to vote on behalf of the families of Macomb and Oakland Counties that would benefit from this long overdue update to our policies.”

The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act ahead of Equal Pay Day, which takes place next Tuesday, April 2nd. Equal Pay Day is recognized three months into the year, when women’s wages catch up to what men were paid for the same work in the previous year. 

Among its key provisions, the Paycheck Fairness Act:

  • Requires employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons.  In doing so, it ensures that employers who try to justify paying a man more than a woman for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based, but job-related and necessary.
  • Bans retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages.
  • Ensures women can receive the same robust remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity.
  • Removes obstacles in the Equal Pay Act to a wronged worker participating in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination.
  • Provides assistance to all businesses to help them with their equal pay practices, recognizes excellence in pay practices by businesses, and empowers women and girls by creating a negotiation skills training program.
  • Prohibits employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay, so that pay discrimination does not follow women from job to job.