It’s been 53 years since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, yet women still aren’t paid the same as men for an equal day of work. In Montana, women who work full-time earn on-average just 74 cents for every dollar a man earns. Montana women who work full or part-time earn 67 cents for every dollar a man earns.
In fact, Montana’s gender discrimination in pay is among the 10-worst states in the country.
“Pay discrimination hurts women, families and our economy,” Superintendent of Public Instruction and U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau said. “Growing up with two working parents I learned the value of fairness. Outdated policies in Congress are holding Montana families back. It’s time Congress got serious about making sure hard-working women have the ability to earn equal pay for equal work.”
Juneau will make it a priority in Congress to modernize outdated workplace policies that make it tough for hard-working families to get ahead by supporting:
- The Paycheck Fairness Act, which updates the Equal Pay Act by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations, prohibiting retaliation against workers, and requiring employers to show that wage differences are based on factors other than gender. [S.84]
- The Fair Pay Act “seeks to end wage discrimination against those who work in female- or minority- dominated jobs by establishing equal pay for equivalent work; it prohibits wage discrimination based on sex, race, or national origin. The Fair Pay Act makes exceptions for different wages based on seniority, merit, or quantity/quality of work and contains an exemption for small businesses.” [National Council for Research on Women] [HR 438]
- An update to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow all workers to earn paid sick days, and the ability to earn time off to care for family members.