North Country Rep. Stefanik working to make sure women receive equal pay
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says her new bill would ensure women receive equal pay.
“The Wage Equity Act is a practical, 21st-century solution to finally achieve equal pay for equal work by empowering businesses and employees to work together in pursuit of this common goal,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Democrats’ alternative legislation would pave the way for frivolous lawsuits and unnecessary burdens on businesses, including those owned and operated by women themselves.”“Leading retailers are committed to building a 21st Century Retail workforce that is diverse, innovative, and skilled. Adopting fair and equitable hiring and pay practices supports this mission and improves outcomes for all stakeholders, including workers and employers. For these reasons, we urge members to support the Wage Equity Act,” stated Evan Armstrong V.P Workforce Policy, RILA.
Stefanik says the bill is modeled after legislation that has been signed into law in states across the country.
She says the bill encourages employers to proactively evaluate their pay practices and eliminate pay disparities in their workplaces, while empowering employees to negotiate pay based on their qualifications and merit.
Congresswoman Stefanik says the Wage Equity Act contrasts with the Democrats’ Paycheck Fairness Act, which she argues empowers trial lawyers over employees and employers, and intrudes on American businesses.