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senate Bill S. 2199

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Closing the Wage Gap Between Women and Men

Argument in favor

Aids in battling gender discrimination in the workplace. Strengthens workers rights.

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05/25/2015
"Equal pay for equal work. It's common sense. It's also overdue. Let's close the gap and let's do it now."
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04/17/2017
I'd like to add that, I don't remember where I looked this up or how reliable the source is, but in a debate I had with a friend, I came across the fact that the Equal Pay Act of 1963 only protects public sector employees. So... do with that information as you will.
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12/25/2018
Remember “... Liberty and justice for all. “?
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Argument opposed

Mandates federal oversight of private sector entities via data collection of wage-related information.

Muzical's Opinion
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03/17/2016
It's already illegal to pay women less. The wage gap is a myth; no one would hire men if they were intrinsically more expensive. (And I am female, in case someone wants to presume otherwise.)
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GeorgeG's Opinion
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03/08/2016
This bill is a useless waste of time. Why would anyone support an act trying to combat something that doesn't even exist? In America, men and women are paid equally by the Equal Pay Act of 1963. To some people today, it may seem like men and women aren't being paid equally because if you compile the average earnings of both men and women in America you will find that men are out earning women (this is where the 77 cents for every $1.00 figure comes from). This DOES NOT MEAN THAT MEN ARE BEING PAID MORE. THIS MEANS THAT MEN EARN MORE. EARNING AND PAY ARE DIFFERENT. Those compilations of earnings tell us that men EARN more than women and what those compilations aren't telling us is WHY men are out earning women. It's not because of discrimination of sexes, but rather choice. Men CHOOSE to work longer hours, men CHOOSE to take on higher paying STEM jobs, men CHOOSE to take less vacation days. This means that men will earn much more money. A man and women who have the same job, same qualifications, and work the same hours will be paid the same. And if men were really being paid more than women why wouldn't companies hire more women since they are “cheaper” to pay? The gender pay gap doesn't exist and neither should this bill.
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Keith's Opinion
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11/26/2016
The wage gap is a myth. It's already illegal to discriminate wages on the basis of sex. If there is evidence of discrimination you need a lawyer, not the government to pander to you.
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    IntroducedApril 1st, 2014

What is Senate Bill S. 2199?

Attempts to close the pay gap between women and men by more clearly defining what constitutes pay discrimination. Requires employers to demonstrate that wage differentials between women and men holding the same position and doing the same work stem from factors other than gender. Strengthens penalties for equal pay violations. Prohibits retaliation against workers who inquire about their employer's wage practices and/or disclose their own wages.

Impact

Impacts gender discrimination in the workplace and employee wages.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2199

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

AKA

Paycheck Fairness Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

    "Equal pay for equal work. It's common sense. It's also overdue. Let's close the gap and let's do it now."
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    It's already illegal to pay women less. The wage gap is a myth; no one would hire men if they were intrinsically more expensive. (And I am female, in case someone wants to presume otherwise.)
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    This bill is a useless waste of time. Why would anyone support an act trying to combat something that doesn't even exist? In America, men and women are paid equally by the Equal Pay Act of 1963. To some people today, it may seem like men and women aren't being paid equally because if you compile the average earnings of both men and women in America you will find that men are out earning women (this is where the 77 cents for every $1.00 figure comes from). This DOES NOT MEAN THAT MEN ARE BEING PAID MORE. THIS MEANS THAT MEN EARN MORE. EARNING AND PAY ARE DIFFERENT. Those compilations of earnings tell us that men EARN more than women and what those compilations aren't telling us is WHY men are out earning women. It's not because of discrimination of sexes, but rather choice. Men CHOOSE to work longer hours, men CHOOSE to take on higher paying STEM jobs, men CHOOSE to take less vacation days. This means that men will earn much more money. A man and women who have the same job, same qualifications, and work the same hours will be paid the same. And if men were really being paid more than women why wouldn't companies hire more women since they are “cheaper” to pay? The gender pay gap doesn't exist and neither should this bill.
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    The wage gap is a myth. It's already illegal to discriminate wages on the basis of sex. If there is evidence of discrimination you need a lawyer, not the government to pander to you.
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    No
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    Companies pay based on many things. If you have a history of constantly calling out sick you will pay less. If you have less experience you will be paid less. Women do everything they can to ensure less pay. Taking years off to raise children guarantee less pay. Constantly using sick leave to take care of sick kids causes her to be unreliable which means less pay. If they want equal pay have equal work ethic. Show up everyday, don't take years off at a time. It is not fair to the company to pay 58 year old Bob who has been working everyday for 40 years the same as a 58 year old Sue who took 18 years off to raise her child. That is not to mention it being unfair to Bob who earned that wage while Sue didn't. Motherhood while a job is not experience.
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    There is no evidence to suggest that women are being paid less due to sexism. There is a multitude of other factors that have not been taken into account in the studies done. Such as different life choices between men and women, the fact that women and men, due to certain specific psychological differences between men and women, choose different careers typically, which is the reason why there are more female nurses than male nurses and more male engineers than female engineers. There are a lot of other factors that cause the wage gap so the idea to pass a bill that will force business's to pay women equal to men regardless of those factors and whether or not a specific woman is doing a better job or not than other men in the same field, is not only authoritarian but also will not solve this so called "problem"
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    This is fiction.
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    There is NO wage gap
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    We have too much pay inequality
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    I'd like to add that, I don't remember where I looked this up or how reliable the source is, but in a debate I had with a friend, I came across the fact that the Equal Pay Act of 1963 only protects public sector employees. So... do with that information as you will.
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    The gender wage gap is an absolute myth created by certain political parties to attract a group of voters. According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, four of the five highest-paying degrees were dominated by men. In turn, four of the five lowest-paying degrees were compiled mostly by women. This is due to personal choice and preference, as well as less hours worked, fueling a mythical accusation of pay discrimination
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    Remember “... Liberty and justice for all. “?
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    More nonsense
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    The fact we are even debating this is incredible. Pay women and minorities the same as white men, assuming they are equally qualified and experienced. Period!
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    Wage gap has been debunked.
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    It needs to happen. It should have happened years ago.
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    Why is this issue still being talked about? Going all the way back to the 70s, laws have being put in place. The fact that it's still being talked about proves that there is disparity in wages between the genders.
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    There is no wage gap. 75% of the HR-managers are women but I have yet to see 2 W2's one of a male and of a female employee within the same company proving that $0.70/$1
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    Equal pay for equal work is an important step that we need to make as a society and a workforce. We need to strengthen the laws and allow workers to be able to fight for pay equality.
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