Kuster Statement on House Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Kuster is a co-sponsor of the bill, which would require employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons, ban retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages, and improve enforcement of pay discrimination.
“It is completely unacceptable that in 2019 a full-time working woman, on average, earns just 80 cents for every dollar her male coworker earns for the same work,” said Kuster. “This isn’t just an issue for women, it’s about families and communities that are missing out on hard earned pay. We cannot allow American families who count on a woman to support them to suffer from pay discrimination. I am proud to cosponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring our country one step closer to ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work.”
A strong advocate for paycheck fairness, Kuster believes pay inequity is not just a women’s issue, but a family issue. Since taking office, she’s worked to level the playing field for women and their families, and she’s fought to create equal opportunities for female professionals and women-owned businesses. For example, Kuster authored a Women’s Economic Agenda, a plan for Congress to prioritize initiatives to reduce pay disparities based on gender and support Granite State women and their families.