The Club for Growth opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 7 and urges all Representatives to vote NO on it. A vote is expected today in the House. The results of this vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2019 congressional scorecard.
The Paycheck Fairness Act attempts to address workplace discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. However, Congress has already addressed equal pay through the Equal Pay Act.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is not just about equal pay for equal work. It would place onerous restrictions on employers determining wages for employees, and it would reverse burden of proof standards onto an employer in lawsuits related to pay discrepancies.
This legislation would allow for individuals to pummel employers with frivolous lawsuits and force employers to spend resources on litigation and lead to higher prices for Americans. It is better economic policy for employers to be able to rely on the free market to set fair wages rather than be forced into the courtroom. This way they can reduce prices to consumers, reinvest in a business, increase productivity, and increase wages for everyone the old-fashioned way – through merit-based pay.
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