More than 50 years ago, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act (EPA) making it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. Additionally, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 allowing women to sue for paycheck disparities. And yet in the decades since the passage of these and several other laws, women still only earn on average $.80 for every dollar earned by a man.
To close this gap, the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) has been introduced to amend the Fair Standards and Labor Act of 1934 to substantially help women fight for equal pay and to strengthen the protections ensured by the Fair Pay Act. The bill includes several changes that aim to help women achieve equal pay including making it harder for employers to dodge claims of disparate pay and prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to make salary offers.
Demand your representative make equal pay a legislative priority in 2019 and support this important legislation to close the wage gap.
ONE CALL TO MAKE: Representative Richmond or Scalise
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
IF CALLING REPRESENTATIVE RICHMOND:
I'm calling today because I believe women deserve to earn the same wages for performing the same work as men. Thank you for cosponsoring H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthen current laws to ensure women are paid equal wages.
IF CALLING REPRESENTATIVE SCALISE:
I'm calling today because I believe women deserve to earn the same wages for performing the same work as men. I expect Representative Scalise to support H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthen current laws to ensure women are paid equal wages.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.