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Norton to Testify at House Hearing on Paycheck Fairness Act and Her Provision to Prohibit Employers from Seeking Salary History, Tomorrow

Feb 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will testify at a hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) being held by the House Subcommittees on Civil Rights and Human Services and Workforce Protections tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 10:15 a.m., in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building.  Norton is an original cosponsor of H.R. 7, introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

H.R. 7 includes Norton’s bill, the Pay Equity for All Act, which would prohibit employers from asking job applicants their salary history.  H.R. 7 updates the Equal Pay Act, which Norton enforced as EEOC chair, in several ways that would help the EEOC meet its mission.  It removes obstacles in the EPA to facilitate a complainant’s participation in class action lawsuits challenging systemic pay discrimination, improves the U.S. Department of Labor’s ability to enforce the EPA and directs the EEOC to survey wage information to help with analysis and enforcement.

“I regard this bill as a special opportunity, now as a Member of Congress, to carry on the work I did as EEOC chair and help improve the Equal Pay Act, which I enforced,” Norton said.  “With Democrats in control of the House, we are ready to follow through on our decades-long effort to close the gender wage gap and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a much-needed update to strengthen the Equal Pay Act.  I am particularly pleased that the Paycheck Fairness Act contains my bill to bar employers from asking job applicants their salary history, which often disadvantages women and minorities, who disproportionately carry lower salaries through their entire careers simply because of wages at previous jobs that were set unfairly.  I thank Representative Rosa DeLauro and the subcommittee for championing this legislation, and look forward to working with them to ensure it is enacted.”

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