The Gender Pay Gap
We need equal pay for equal work.
By prohibiting sex discrimination in a fundamental and effective way – by giving women equal constitutional rights.
Unfair pay is a prevalent problem on the national and state level:
In Maine, a woman on average earns 82 cents on the dollar a man earns, for full-time work.
Unequal Pay and workplace sexual harassment are strongly linked.
24% of households with children are headed by a woman.
60% of minimum wage workers are women.
The ERA would plug some significant loopholes in the laws addressing equal pay for equal work.
It would give women a fair chance to know what their male cohorts are paid, without retribution by the employer.
It would give adequate time to lodge a complaint (as provided by the Lily Ledbetter Act)
It would not allow their pay to be based on previous employment, regardless of the position they are filling (2021 Paycheck Fairness Act).
It would not require that a victim of pay discrimination must prove that the employer intended to discriminate.
It would set a principle of fairness for employment, regardless of gender.