S.84: Paycheck Fairness Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about labor and employment
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Sponsor Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
Total Cosponsors 56 (55 Democrats, 1 Independent)
Introduced Jan. 23, 2013
Latest Major Action April 1, 2014
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Bill Summary

Paycheck Fairness Act - Amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.

Revises the exception to the prohibition for a wage rate differential based on any other factor other than sex. Limits such factors to bona fide factors, such as education, training, or experience.

States that the bona fide factor defense shall apply only if the employer demonstrates that such factor: (1) is not based upon or derived from a sex-based differential in compensation, (2) is job-related with respect to the position in question, and (3) is consistent with business necessity. Makes such defense inapplicable where the employee demonstrates that: (1) an alternative employment practice exists that would serve the same business purpose without producing such differential, and (2) the employer has refused to adopt such altern...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 1, 2014 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Hearings held.
Jan. 23, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.