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April 15, 2021 | H. R. 7

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to male and female employees for the same work, the gender wage gap persists in the private and public sector at every educational level. The gender wage gap cost women and their families thousands of dollars over their lifetime. Many struggling working families could use that potential money to make their ends meet and build better lives for themselves.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would give employees the right to ask and know what their colleagues earn, without fear of retaliation from their employers. If pay discrepancy was found between a female and male employee doing the same work, the employer would be required to prove that the discrepancy was a result of factors other than gender. In addition, the bill strengthens government agencies ability to identity and remedy systematic wage discrimination. Under the bill, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is directed to develop regulations to collect wage data and the Department of Labor (DOL) is instructed to use its investigative power to uncover wage discrimination, especially amongst their federal contractors.


This is Good for working people.

Vote result:

YEAs: 217 | NAYs: 210
Legislator Sort descending State District Party Vote
Rep. Alma Adams NC 12 Democrat Yes
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt AL 4 Republican No
Rep. Pete Aguilar CA 31 Democrat Yes
Rep. Rick Allen GA 12 Republican No
Rep. Colin Allred TX 32 Democrat Yes
Rep. Mark Amodei NV 2 Republican No
Rep. Kelly Armstrong ND 0 Republican No
Rep. Jodey Arrington TX 19 Republican No
Rep. Jake Auchincloss MA 4 Democrat Yes
Rep. Cynthia Axne IA 3 Democrat Yes
Rep. Brian Babin TX 36 Republican No
Rep. Don Bacon NE 2 Republican No
Rep. James Baird IN 4 Republican No
Rep. Troy Balderson OH 12 Republican No
Rep. Jim Banks IN 3 Republican No
Rep. Andy Barr KY 6 Republican No
Rep. Nanette Barragán CA 44 Democrat Yes
Rep. Karen Bass CA 37 Democrat Yes
Rep. Joyce Beatty OH 3 Democrat Yes
Rep. Cliff Bentz OR 2 Republican No