- Requires that employers seeking to justify unequal pay bear the burden of proving that its actions are job-related and consistent with a business necessity.
- Prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers.
- Puts gender-based discrimination sanctions on equal footing with other forms of wage discrimination – such as discrimination based on race, disability or age – by allowing women to sue for compensatory and punitive damages.
- Requires the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to work with employers in order to eliminate pay disparities.
- Requires the Department of Labor to continue to collect and disseminate wage information based on gender.
- Creates a new grant program to help strengthen the negotiation skills of girls and women.
The bill passed the House on July 31 by a margin of 247-178, but since the Senate is now on recess the bill's future schedule isn't set in concrete. So while the Senate is out on their August break, people should call into their Senators' office and let their staff know that this is an important issue and should be addressed ASAP. You might also want to get in touch with the leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The more people who call in and tell the Senate to take action, the better chance there is that this bill will be addressed once the Senate returns.