Representative Sherrill Votes to Ensure Pay Equity for All American Women
Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) today voted for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2021, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act.
“At home in New Jersey, we have some of the strongest equal pay laws in the nation and it is time we brought these Jersey values to federal law,” said Rep. Sherrill. “I proudly co-sponsored this bill because we need more pay transparency and protections for working women everywhere. Paying women their fair share would only boost the economy and improve the outlook for millions of American families. To this day, women still only make 82 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, and the disparities are larger for women of color. At its core, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a workers’ rights bill and it’s long past time that it was finally passed and signed into law.”
H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2021, is a landmark piece of labor legislation that empowers workers to stand up against gender pay disparity. This bill bolsters pay transparency and establishes protections for women from retaliatory actions taken by employers for speaking out against pay discrimination at their place of work. This bill also creates regulations on employers’ ability to utilize salary history in their hiring process. Currently, salary history often allows pay disparities to be perpetuated throughout women’s careers.
Rep. Sherrill is a proud co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2019, she received a standing ovation after delivering the final floor speech on this landmark piece of legislation.