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New: Thank President Obama for Supporting Pay Equity with Executive Order

On April 8, President Obama is set to sign an Executive Order baring retaliatory pay secrecy policies by federal contractors. Countless female workers receive unequal pay without knowing it because they could be fired for discussing wages with colleagues.

Fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire for 19 years and was—without her knowledge—systematically paid less than male supervisors at her level. Allowing employees to openly discuss salaries, without fear of losing their jobs, would greatly help female employees learn whether or not they are being paid fairly.

For every dollar a man earns, women with comparable education and experience make only 77 cents—costing the average American woman $700,000 to $2 million in lost wages over a working lifetime.

Executive orders for employees of federal contractors are an important first step, but Congress also must act. See below to thank President Obama for his support of pay equity and click here to urge your legislators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377 & S. 84), which would bar retaliation against employees who disclose their wages to coworkers and update other pay equity regulations.


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