House OKs Pay Equity Bill On Near Party-Line Vote

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, a top Democratic priority meant to address the gap between what employers pay women and men and narrow the defenses employers can use for pay disparities.

In a 217-210 vote on a near party line, the House passed the legislation, H.R. 7, which Democratic lawmakers supporting it said is intended to cut down on pay discrimination on the basis of sex in the workplace.

"This is an exploitation in the workplace, if you're paying somebody less than the value of their work," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said during...

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