With Connecticut law on books, DeLauro touts ‘paycheck fairness’

January 30, 2019

With Connecticut enacting a new law this year preventing employers from asking about past compensation in hiring job applicants, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has reintroduced legislation in Congress that would make that federal law.

Under the Paycheck Fairness Act cosponsored by DeLauro (D-Conn.) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), employers would be required to prove that any pay gaps between men and women in similar positions are for job-related reasons.

The bill would also provide funding for workshops to help women learn better how to negotiate salaries and other benefits.

Former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law last year a Connecticut General Assembly bill that prohibits employers from requesting salary histories, on the premise that the information could be used as a tool to limit any compensation and maintain pay gaps between men and women.

Prior studies have determined that women make on average 80 cents to their male professional counterparts, with one study published last year by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research suggesting the gap is far wider. IWPR projects that based on current trends, women will not catch up to men in average pay until 2059.

DeLauro and Murray reintroduced their bill a day after the 10-year anniversary of enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which allowed women to challenge pay discrimination regardless of how far back any initial disparities had occurred.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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