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Roe Opposes Paycheck Fairness Act and Cosponsors WAGE Equity Act

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Washington, March 27, 2019 | Whitley Alexander (2022266356) | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after cosponsoring the WAGE Equity Act and voting against H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act: 

“Discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion is already illegal, but I voted against H.R. 7 because instead of working to promote legislation to meet the needs of the modern workforce, this legislation will primarily benefit trial lawyers by creating more opportunities for frivolous litigation,” said Roe. “What we need instead is legislation that will ensure all men and women have equal opportunities to grow in their careers in an effort to transition our workplace into the 21st century, not a bill that will force employers to defend themselves for years in court.

“That is why I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the WAGE Equity Act introduced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Before coming to Congress I was fortunate enough to help run a small business for over 31 years, and I employed both men and women. You can’t retain good employees if you treat them unfairly, and you can’t have a successful business if you can’t retain good employees. This bill will help women in today’s workforce who are seeking careers with flexible work arrangements to help balance their family and professional needs. I believe we must continue to advance legislation like the WAGE Equity Act that inspires businesses to adopt a flexible work environment and strengthens our current discrimination laws while encouraging transparency, training and discussions regarding promotions, pay and other work opportunities.” 

Note: Under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it is illegal to pay different wages to employees, based on their sex, for equal work. In Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, asserts anti-discrimination protections based on race, color, national origin, religion and sex.

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