Stamford Advocate

Equal pay bill nears House approval


House Democrats are poised to pass legislatio­n that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill would make it easier to sue employers over pay discrimina­tion, curb the ability of companies to retaliate and beef up enforcemen­t of existing laws. It would also ban employers from prohibitin­g employees from discussing their salaries. Democrats say the bill is needed because white women make on average 82 cents to every dollar earned by white men. But Republican­s counter it would largely be a boon for trial lawyers looking to sue.

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