Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly marked Equal Pay Day by calling for equal pay for equal work. In 2010, women who worked full-time only earned 77 percent of what men earned, nationwide. Indiana had the fifth-worst wage gap in the country: Hoosier women earned 72 percent of what men earned in median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers in 2010.
“I often say that the best social program is a good-paying job for mom and dad,” said Donnelly. “Both men and women should be compensated fairly for their hard work, which is why I think it is unacceptable that women still earn less than their male colleagues. I was proud to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Law and will continue to support efforts to make sure that Hoosier workers, both male and female, are able to find jobs to take care of their families and retire with dignity.”
In 2009, Donnelly supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, now law, which helps female workers challenge discriminatory pay. Donnelly also supported the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House in 2009 but not the Senate. This legislation would prohibit gender-based pay discrepancies and ban workplace policies that prohibit employees from disclosing their wages with each other.