Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Jocelyn Frye issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a new rule that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating or retaliating against workers who engage in conversations about pay in the workplace:
The final rule published today by the Department of Labor marks an important milestone in the fight for equal pay. The new rule will help ensure that workers are not penalized or targeted unfairly simply because they discuss their pay with co-workers. Further, the rule will help combat secretive pay practices often used to shield discrimination from view and promote greater pay transparency in the workplace. These steps are essential to creating workplaces free of discrimination and upholding the bedrock principle of equal pay for equal work critical to the economic security of women, men, and working families across the country. No one should be paid less because of outdated gender-based stereotypes or attitudes, and pay discrimination has no place in the modern workplace. Today’s rule moves us one step closer to making the goal of equal pay for all a reality.
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