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Today on Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. According to the National Women’s Law Center, today’s wage gap in Virginia would cost a woman on average $482,000 over a 40-year career, when compared to a man. In Virginia, on average, a woman makes 78 cents to every dollar a man does. April 4th marks how far into 2017 a woman would have to work for her wages to finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.
“It’s unbelievable that it’s 2017 and we’re still having to talk about equal pay for equal work,” said Warner. “Women who do the same job as a man deserve to be paid the same for their work – period. This bill will hold employers accountable and help close the gender pay gap, which means more women in Virginia and across the country will be able to save for retirement, grow their pensions, help their families, and contribute to the economy.”
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