Contributed by Regina H.

Last week the Paycheck Fairness Act was not passed by Congress.  Its basic premise is three-fold:

  • Require employers to substantiate that any pay differences between men and women are not related to gender
  • Prevent employers from firing any employees who discuss pay with co-workers
  • Require the Labor Department to become more involved in eliminating pay disparities

The main argument against the Paycheck Fairness Act is that there is already enough protection for women in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The White House claims that women earn 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes.  The disparity is believed to be related to women choosing lower paying careers, education and work experience, a scenario that is likely to change and be disputed given the growing trend towards career role reversal.

So how can you be sure to lower the pay gap? Always negotiate your salary, starting from when you accept the job offer to your annual reviews.  Go for the career that you want and don’t be afraid to toot your own horn at work.

What do you think about the Paycheck Fairness Act?