Upholding the core principle of equal pay for equal work stands at the heart of the nation’s commitment to equality and fairness. Yet women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. There are actionable steps that can be taken in order to strengthen existing protections, improve workplace practices, and move closer to closing the stubbornly persistent wage gap.
The Center for American Progress is hosting an event to focus on the work that remains to make the promise of equal pay a reality, including support for vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws; voluntary efforts by employers; and actions employees can take themselves. The discussion will focus on strategies to eliminate discriminatory pay practices and promote greater transparency; help workers make more informed decisions about their pay; assist employers that want to improve their pay practices; and ensure that federal enforcement agencies have the investigatory tools they need to root out discrimination in the workplace.
Jenny Yang, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
René Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprises LLC; former Executive Director, Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission
Debbie Mesloh, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Gap, Inc.
Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress