Washington, D.C. –– Today, on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff joined Georgia Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) in introducing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Enforcement Act to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.
The legislation will reestablish the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws nationwide.
“Pay discrimination has been illegal since 1963, yet women are still not paid equally for equal work — and this discrimination especially targets Black women. I thank Congresswoman Williams for her continued leadership to crack down on pay discrimination that hurts women in Georgia and across the country,” said Sen. Ossoff.
“Eight months after 2020 concluded, Black women, on average, are just now catching up to make the salary their male counterparts earned last year alone. It is simply wrong that in the 21st Century, women still face pay inequity,” said Congresswoman Williams. “On this day – Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – we have to rededicate ourselves to ensuring equal pay for equal work. This legislation will bring us a step forward, ensuring the equal pay laws on the books are well enforced.”
Since his swearing in, Sen. Ossoff has led the charge to close the wage gap and end pay discrimination in Georgia and across the country.
Click here to read the Equal Pay for Equal Work Enforcement Act.