Marking Equal Pay Day, Shaheen Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

**SHAHEEN: “Pay discrimination undermines our country’s fundamental principles of equality”**

April 04, 2017

(Washington, DC)— In recognition of Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined 40 of her Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. Shaheen has been an original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act since 2012.

Earlier today, Shaheen released the following statement marking Equal Pay Day: “Pay discrimination undermines our country’s fundamental principles of equality. As long as millions of American women continue to only earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, we have to keep fighting. Equal Pay Day is an important reminder that, despite recent progress, we still have a long way to go to end pay discrimination. A recent study projected that the wage gap in New Hampshire will close in 2079. Waiting 62 years to close the wage gap is just unacceptable, hurting Granite State women, their families and our economy. It’s time to make equal pay for equal work a reality.”

The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees.