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Landrieu pushes for equal pay for women

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WASHINGTON (KNOE 8 News) - U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today joined fellow women senators at a press conference on Capitol Hill to urge passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Sen. Landrieu is a co-sponsor of the bill that would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay men and women unequal wages for the same work.

The Paycheck Fairness Act closes loopholes that allow employers to escape liability even when gender-based wage discrimination exists. It also includes protections for employees against retaliation for disclosing or discussing their salaries, as well as ensures employees have the same remedies for gender-based pay discrimination as other forms of discrimination such as race or national origin.

According to the National Women's Law Center, in 2012, women in Louisiana earned 67 cents for every dollar a man makes, and women are almost half of Louisiana's work force. While a man would take home $47,000 a year – for the same work – a woman's paycheck would be almost $16,000 less a year. That comes out to more than 1,300 a month.

"Sadly, Louisiana ranks second-to-last in equal pay for women. Equal pay is not only about women; it's also about supporting and strengthening middle class families so they can build a prosperous future for themselves and their communities. Louisiana women make 67 cents to every dollar a man makes. That's 33 percent less than a man's paycheck for the same work. Think if you had a tax on your paycheck that took 33 percent of your total pay because you're a woman," said Sen. Landrieu. "On average, this is $1,300 a month or almost $16,000 a year- that's a down payment on a home, or two years of tuition at LSU for her child, or two and a half years of groceries. Our sisters, mothers and daughters in Louisiana and the country deserve our support, and the Senate should support this bill."

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