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4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

Alfredo Watts | 05 April, 2017, 01:22

While that lawsuit succeeded, Povich said laws like the Equal Pay Act have not been a success because they are not being properly enforced.

"Today, on #EqualPayDay, we are reminded that women deserve equal pay for equal work", Trump wrote on Instagram Tuesday morning.

"In regard to annual financial statements there are fines if documents are not delivered, and I can see the same apply if an equal-pay certification has not been implemented, since it will be an obligation", Viglundsson said.

"It was pushed through under the prior administration because it met a political goal".

Women's groups are rallying around the country Tuesday to push back.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, today, April 4th, 2017, officially "symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year". "If we continue to focus on those areas and give girls opportunities to help them understand how to negotiate wages and pick careers that will return a lot of money that's how we are going to close the gap". Three hundred local businesses in 25 cities will participate in the #20PercentCounts campaign that offers 20% discounts or special offers on purchases.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in 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 strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees. "It needs to be updated, and the Paycheck Fairness Act could do that".

Salary history: Women may be hired at lower starting salaries than their male peers because an employer bases those decisions on the pay earned at the applicant's last job, perpetuating prior inequalities. In other words: Congratulations, women of America!

Part of the reason for the pay gap may be a concentration of women in lower paying jobs or women working fewer hours, but experts also point to discrimination and bias as contributing factors.

The ACLU is working at both the federal and state level to pass legislation to do precisely that. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., speaks at the International Association of Firefighters legislative conference in Washington. She said it's a pragmatic approach that has received support from Democratic men and could pass the Senate - if she could win any support from Democratic women.

That's real progress. And real proof that when women come together, we can move mountains. We can take some action on this. However, there's no clear evidence that tax cuts will increase economic growth, especially when the primary beneficiaries are wealthy Americans who will be less likely to spend their income in the economy.

"I want meaningful, substantive legislation", said Maatz.