Kamala Harris Proposes Equal Pay Measure to Close Gender Gap

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris participates in the She the People Presidential Forum in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo
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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, one of two dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, on Monday proposed closing the gender pay gap by requiring companies to disclose pay data and secure an “equal pay certification” or be fined.

Harris’ proposal aims to shift the burden from workers, who now must prove pay discrimination by employers, to corporations, which would have to show they eliminated pay disparities between men and women doing work of equal value.

In 2017, full-time, year-round working women earned 80% of what male counterparts earned, the U.S. Census Bureau says, and minority women earned even less.

At a college rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, Harris decried the pay gap between men and women. “This has got to end,” she said, to audience cheers.

Harris said her plan would incentivize corporations to close the pay gap, because “There will be penalties if they don’t.”

Under Harris’ proposal, which would require approval by the U.S. Congress, companies with 100 or more employees would give their pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

They would also have to prove existing pay gaps were not based on gender but merit, performance or seniority, and commit to policies barring mandatory arbitration pacts for job disputes and questions about salary history during hiring.

Companies falling short of the criteria would be fined 1% of their profits for every 1% wage gap found after adjusting for variables such as experience and performance.

Harris’ campaign said it estimated the plan would generate $180 billion over a decade, with revenue falling as new pay policies are adopted. The fines would go to offset the cost of universal paid family and medical leave policies she backs.

In an acknowledgement that implementing such legislation would be difficult, if not impossible, if Democrats did not also maintain control of the House of Representatives and win control of the Senate, Harris outlined how she would use the president’s executive authority to force companies competing for federal contracts worth $500,000 or more to obtain the certification.

Harris’ campaign said 28 million U.S. workers would be covered by such executive action.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington; Additional reporting by Tim Reid in Los Angeles; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Sandy Lueder
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Sandy Lueder

A stupid, stupid woman. Her pandering is so obvious. She clearly does not understand business in general and compensation in particular. Giving the govt this kind of info would be catastrophic, a really bad idea.

Marie Czarnecki
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Marie Czarnecki

This so called woman needs to get lost, not fit for my (our) “WHITE HOUSE”…..President Trump 2020..

Grandma A
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Grandma A

1963 Equal Pay Act. Passed by the 88th Congress. Signed into law by President Kennedy.

TOM
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Where in Kamalalala’s proposal does education and experience factor in. Only in her world does the new hire with no experience get paid the same thing as the long time employee with 20 years experience.

TOM
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By all means let’s have gender equality. As a male I cannot get pregnant. So I can’t be weeks pregnant and have my doctor say that I must stay in bed for the next 8 months until the delivery. Of course because it is doctor’s orders that I can’t work I will still be getting paid. So to make the workplace gender equal, when a woman goes out on maternity leave her pay stops after whatever the standard sick days are.

Charles
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Another Democrat claiming big dividends from fines. Remember when Obama said what a wonderful thing Obamacare was going to be, Pelosi saying it would help pay off the national debt. All her program would do would be to drive more businesses out of the country from government red tape, increased costs and interference. How are they going to prove work performance for all workers in the country? Another pie in the sky plan by Democrats that will result in lost jobs and productivity.

Tom Bodine
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Horizontal Harris needs to break out her knee pads this is going to be a long campaign and her sexual experience would be beneficial.

Otis
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What was it Super O signed as one of his first official acts regarding Goodyear in Gadsden, AL? I thought that took care of this issue. Women should be paid the same for the same work.

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