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Combating Pay Secrecy for Paycheck Fairness

When Jun 09, 2011
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where Senate Dirksen, Rm 562
Contact Name Ariane Hegewisch
Contact Phone 202-785-5100
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Nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, women working full time are paid just 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. All too often, wage disparities go undetected because employers may prohibit or strongly discourage workers from sharing salary information with colleagues. A woman might be illegally underpaid for years before she finds out—if she finds out at all. Such pay secrecy is unfair to individual women and to their families who have to make do with less. The panel will review research on pay secrecy and discuss policy solutions, including the Paycheck Fairness Act.


Carol Golubock
Director of Policy, SEIU- Service Employees International Union

Ariane Hegewisch,
Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment,
National Women’s Law Center

Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Speaker to be confirmed

Carol Joyner

National Director of Public Policy, Labor Project for Working Families

Sponsored by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro

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