Paycheck Fairness Act
On Passage
House Roll Call No. 8
111th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 256-163 (see complete tally)
On January 9, 2009, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12) by a vote of 256 to 163. The ACLU supported this legislation, which would amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a law that has not been able to fulfill its promise of ensuring equal pay for equal work because of legal loopholes and weak remedies. In particular, the Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and update the Equal Pay Act by requiring employers to demonstrate that wage differences among employees, who hold the same position and do the same work, stem from factors other than sex; prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about their wages; leveling the playing field by ensuring that women can obtain the same remedies as those subject to discrimination based on race or national origin; and reinstating the collection of important wage-related data. The bill also provides technical assistance to employers and important safeguards for small businesses.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 8
Votes For : 256
Votes Against : 163
Not Voting : 14