HR Express News Regarding Paycheck Fairness Act Fails (PFA)
The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220) stalled in the U.S. Senate on June 5, 2012 when supporters failed to gather enough votes to pass the politically charged measure.
The bill (Paycheck Fairness Act) would have prohibited companies from retaliating against workers who ask about pay disparities. It also would have allowed workers to sue their employers for punitive damages if there was evidence of wide variances in salary levels when comparing the pay of female and male employees.
The Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced as part of the on-going perception that pay between men and women are still vastly different. If passed, it would have not only increased the litigation headache and cost for all employers but would also have given the Federal government more control over how employers structure compensation for their employees.