On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure intended to strengthen equal pay protections for women.
The proposed bill, which Democrats have tried to pass for 20 years, would add protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act in an attempt to close the gender wage gap. It would ban salary secrecy, increase penalties for employers who retaliate against workers who share wage information and allow workers to sue for damages of pay discrimination. The bill would also provide more training for employers on collecting pay gap information and eliminating pay disparities.
"When women succeed, America succeeds," said Pelosi at the introduction of the conference. She said she hopes President Trump will sign the bill by April 2, which is Equal Pay Day.
The bill's reintroduction marks the 10th anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturned a Supreme Court decision that limited the time period in which employees could file an equal pay lawsuit related to pay discrimination.