Women’s Group Launches New Microsite Targeting Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Over Inadequate Workforce Advancement Act

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Women’s Group Launches New Microsite Targeting Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Over Inadequate Workforce Advancement Act

** www.halfasseddeb.com **

UltraViolet Calls Sen. Fischer’s Proposed Legislation “Half-Assed,” Urges Support for the Paycheck Fairness Act

NEBRASKA — UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy group has launched a new microsite www.halfasseddeb.com targeting Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer over her introduction of the Workforce Advacement Act in the Senate.  Advocates from UltraViolet argue that the legislation fails to adequately address the gender pay gap and does nothing to help American women get the pay that they are owed.

VIEW THE MICROSITE HERE: www.halfasseddeb.com

According to UltraViolet, Fischer’s Workplace Advancement Act fails in two key ways:  

  • The Workplace Advancement Act fails to help women who have been paid unfairly for years from winning the backpay that they are owed.  This bill does not provide assistance to women seeking to recoup wages lost to the pay gap and fails to acknowledge that women often are underpaid for years before discovering wage disparities.
  • The Workplace Advancement Act allows employers to retaliate against employees who casually discuss salary disparities with their coworkers.  Given that most women find out that they are being paid unfairly through discussions with their coworkers, the legislation actually makes women more vulnerable to retaliation from their employers for seeking equal pay by creating a false sense of security.

“America’s women deserve better than Half-Assed Deb’s half-assed solutions,” explained Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer for UltraViolet.  “The Workplace Advancement Act fails to recognize the realities that American working women face:  the pay gap is real, women on average are paid only 79 cents to every dollar a man earns, and that gap worsens considerably for women of color. With women making up half of the US workforce, and serving as breadwinners in three-quarter of America’s household, unequal pay has a real impact on families, and the economy.”

“The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Senator Mikulski, would help women get the back pay they’re owed, and protect women from retaliation for discussing salary disparities. It’s the kind of bold solution to the pay gap that women need, and that Senator Fischer should support,” added Roland.

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