Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831): Senate vote by next Wednesday (4/23)

From AAUW —

American Association of University Women – Two Minute Activist

The Senate is expected to vote by next Wednesday on legislation to address the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case. Due to procedural rules and the timing of the vote, they will be voting on the House version of the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S. 1843), the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831). While AAUW thanks you for your efforts on this legislation in the past, WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AGAIN TODAY to show a critical mas of support and send a strong signal that, as we approach Equal Pay Day, pay discrimination will not be tolerated. The time to act is now! Please share this alert with friends and family.

As Equal Pay Day approaches, AAUW members and coalition partners continue to support initiatives that seek to close the persistent and sizable wage gap between men and women. As you know, AAUW has been leading grassroots coalition efforts to pass fair pay legislation. The efforts of our Action Network members and coalition partners have led to an increase in the number of cosponsors and a Senate committee hearing on this legislation.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case in May severely limited the ability of victims of pay discrimination to vindicate their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restores the law to how it was previously applied to be consistent with Congress’ intent and the Court’s own precedents. The bill would also apply to all claims of discrimination in compensation. Thanks to the hard work of AAUW members and coalition partners, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831) in July.

AAUW believes the outcome in Ledbetter v. Goodyear is fundamentally unfair to victims of pay discrimination, which is responsible for a significant portion of the wage gap experienced by women and people of color. Although the wage gap has narrowed over the years, success in closing the gap remains elusive, and the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case will make it even more difficult for women workers and employees of color to close the wage gap. With the exciting prospect of this bill moving forward in Congress, all AAUW members must do their part to promote this legislation.

Take Action!
Show the Faces of Pay Equity to Congress!

For this campaign, in addition to sending an email, we encourage you to use a new feature of our Two-Minute Activist: “See Me” to show your senator that you are the face of pay equity. After you’ve drafted your message and completed the “Sender Information,” you’ll find the “See Me” feature. Just click on “Include SEE ME information,” and follow the instructions to upload a digital picture of yourself and attach it to your message to your senators. In the comment box type in “I Am the Face of Pay Equity.” See other AAUW activists who have already shown their senators what pay equity looks like. If you don’t have a picture, you can still send an email on its own.

To urge your senators to cosponsor the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, click on the “Take Action” link above or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser. Please take action on this alert even if you aren’t able to include a photo of yourself.

http://capwiz.com/aauw/issues/alert/?alertid=10408586

Visit AAUW’s Pay Equity webpage and download the Pay Equity Resource Kit for ideas, tips, and resources to use in your community on Equal Pay Day and throughout the year. AAUW has “I am the face of pay equity” signs and stickers available for use at AAUW events. Finally, email AAUW’s Public Policy and Government Relations staff to let them know what you plan to do for Equal Pay Day in your community.

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