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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 1, 2019 09:36 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Increasing Penalties of Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law
In many cases, women in Pennsylvania are paid less money than men for doing the same job. This practice is known as the gender wage gap or wage disparity. It is time we open the Equal Pay Law and provide some real consequences for employers that are continuing these antiquated and unfair policies. The penalties in the Equal Pay Law have not been updated since 1959 and do little to discourage violations.

My legislation increases the fines in the Equal Pay Law to a level which will truly act as a deterrent to employers from committing violations. The new minimum fine will now be $2,500 and the new maximum will be $5,000. Also, each employee who was discriminated against will count as a separate offense.

I ask for your support and to join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, in order to ensure our Pennsylvania employers are held accountable and provide a fair chance at a fair wage for Pennsylvania workers.

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Introduced as HB170