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senate Bill S. 83

Should It Be Illegal For Employers To Fire Their Workers For Discussing Wages?

Argument in favor

Employers should foster transparency in the workplace — if they have nothing to hide, then discussing wages shouldn't be a problem. And because unequal pay is more often than not a gendered issue — there should be no barriers to achieving equal pay for equal work.

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02/27/2015
Generally speaking, the anti-Union is the only group that wants this to be illegal. Those who oppose Unions tend to pay unfair wages while major profits are kept for the senior elite. Firing an individual because he or she wants to be treated fairly is preposterous because most cannot afford to buy fair treatment.
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Tj8233's Opinion
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05/01/2015
If all wages are fair then it shouldn't be a problem anyway...
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Austin's Opinion
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05/28/2015
If and employer can fire on the grounds of discussing wages, it just gives more power to big businesses, and less power to unions. Many people are underpaid and without this law they will be continued to be underpaid.
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Argument opposed

Employers base wages on many factors, like merit, seniority, and experience — things that other employees might not be privy to, and that have nothing to do with gender. Making wage information readily available could lead to misunderstandings and false accusations.

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02/10/2015
Let employers run their businesses. What do professional politicians and bureaucrats know about actually running a business? Nothing!
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/25/2015
Government involvement in labor contracts continues to harm and inhibit the very groups they attempt to assist. Employers hire people because they think they will benefit from doing so; they're not sitting there looking for any excuse to turn around and fire them.
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02/06/2015
employers have enough problems with the present climate we need to go the "other" way
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What is Senate Bill S. 83?

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) is the reason we have overtime, a national minimum wage, and strict guidelines against child labor. FLSA standardized and improved working conditions for many, but decades passed before it specifically addressed the wage disparities between men and women. It wasn’t until 1963 that FLSA was amended to include the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay lower wages on the basis of gender.

While the Equal Pay Act was a major step towards closing the gender pay gap, it wasn’t perfect. Currently, employers are not prohibited from retaliating against employees who inquire about wages in response to a sex discrimination charge or investigation. This is a strong deterrent against such inquires. 

If passed, this bill would make it illegal for employers to fire employees for inquiring about or discussing wages in response to a sex discrimination charge or to further a sex discrimination investigation.

Impact

Everyone in the U.S. workforce, especially women, anyone who feels the have faced wage discrimination on the basis of gender, all employers

Cost of Senate Bill S. 83

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note:

According to a survey from Pew Research done in April 2014: 

"Both men and women see a need for moves such as this – 72% of women and 61% of men said “this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace,” according to a Pew Research Center survey last fall. According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. This means that women have to work approximately 60 extra days, or about three months, to earn what men did by the end of the previous year. However, our own estimate, which is based on hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers, finds women earn 84 percent of what men earn. Based on our estimate, it would take approximately 40 days ... for women to earn what men had by the end of last year."


In Depth:

Last year, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have similarly made wage information available, was blocked in the Senate. Sponsoring Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act the day before the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked. While his Act takes big steps against pay discrimination, it lacks several components of the Paycheck Fairness Act including education initiatives for women and clear consequences for employers who knowingly discriminated on the basis of gender.

Media:

The Hill (Previous Bill Version)

Las Vegas Sun (Previous Bill Version)

Center For American Progress (Previous Bill Version)

Sponsoring Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) Facebook Post


(Photo Credit: Flickr user K. Kendall)

AKA

End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to improve nonretaliation provisions relating to equal pay requirements.

bill Progress


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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJanuary 7th, 2015
    Generally speaking, the anti-Union is the only group that wants this to be illegal. Those who oppose Unions tend to pay unfair wages while major profits are kept for the senior elite. Firing an individual because he or she wants to be treated fairly is preposterous because most cannot afford to buy fair treatment.
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    This seems extreme.
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    If all wages are fair then it shouldn't be a problem anyway...
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    If and employer can fire on the grounds of discussing wages, it just gives more power to big businesses, and less power to unions. Many people are underpaid and without this law they will be continued to be underpaid.
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    Let employers run their businesses. What do professional politicians and bureaucrats know about actually running a business? Nothing!
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    Government involvement in labor contracts continues to harm and inhibit the very groups they attempt to assist. Employers hire people because they think they will benefit from doing so; they're not sitting there looking for any excuse to turn around and fire them.
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    That might make the other person want to move up in the company knowing this position pays this and that so yes sharing is caring
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    Allowing workers to freely exchange their pay rates will prevent discrimination between sexes and races by employers. Not only that, but no one should fear termination from something so mundane as discussing pay rate.
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    Men systematically make more money than women, and the prohibition of wage discussions will only continue the perpetuation of the pay gap.
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    Discussions between employees that are not unethical or that do not cause harm to others should not be a punishable offense
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    If the employees can talk about their wages they can ensure equality by either talking to HR or going public with the companies injustices to fight for equality.
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    employers have enough problems with the present climate we need to go the "other" way
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    I believe if you preform your occupation productively and are presentable/responsible employee then you earn an increase in your wage and you should be respected with more occupational and finical opportunities. However, if you are a Irresponsible employee and you are not productive due to your lack of effort then you do not deserve a raise and considerably should be fired as well. My point being is, YOU DO YOUR JOB GREAT GREAT THINGS HAPPEN BACK TO YOU, IF YOU DONT DO YOUR JOB WELL YOU DONT DESERVE AN INCREASE WAGE AND MAY BE FIRED AS WELL!
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    It shouldn't be illegal to fire your employees for any reason. It's a contract, and it can be terminated for any reason.
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    A job is not a right.
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    The rich only get richer. Workers (should) have the freedom of discussing pay with their employers. By avoiding the conversation, the employees are getting trapped in possibly less than minimum wage.
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    A company should be able to hire or fire anyone they want for any reason they want. If their reasons are unpalatable to their customers then the customers should go elsewhere. This will force the company to change or go out of business. That is how capitalism works.
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    This is overreach by the federal government.
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    Free Enterprise
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    Last thing we need is employers to have more power to fire people.
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