Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Paycheck Fairness Act

January 30, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives today. 

The bill would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act, close loopholes, and provide effective remedies to women who are not getting equal pay for equal work.

“I am serving in Congress to ensure equality for my daughter and every American woman,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Ten years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law, women are still battling the wage gap. Pay discrimination has no place in America.”

According to the National Women’s Law Center, women in Virginia typically make $0.79 for every dollar paid to men. The national average is $0.80.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would provide several remedies to women who are not getting equal pay for equal work. It would guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and bolstering available remedies for wronged employees.