POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:05am
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:05am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Congressman Ruben Hinojosa is asking that the nation mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act, signed on June 10th, by enacting the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Congressman Hinojosa stated, “When he signed it, President Kennedy stated that the Equal Pay Act of 1963 would mean ‘when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelope," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “And yet, 50 years later, women still do not have equality in their pay. In 1963, women on average made 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Today, women on average nationwide make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men and Latinas only earn 55 cents for every dollar a white male earns. Some say this is progress, I say it is not enough until the paychecks are equal.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act by providing remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work and protecting employees from retaliation for sharing salary information with their co-workers.