Emily Cain Says Equal Pay Must Become a Priority
April 8, 2014
April 8 is Equal Pay Day
(Bangor, ME) – Emily Cain, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maine’s Second Congressional district says that equal pay is a priority of hers, and that the time has come to protect working families by requiring equal pay for equal work. Cain says that Equal Pay Day is important because it calls attention to the disparity in wages that exists in Maine and across the country.
“Equal pay for equal work is the right thing to do for women, for families, and our economy. Women everywhere make less than men, and this gap is holding back our state and nation from real economic growth,” said Cain. “The economic security of families is threatened because of the wage gap facing women and mothers.”
Cain has been supportive of four attempts to raise the minimum wage while serving in the Maine State Legislature in Augusta. She has also publicly supported recent efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Women make up about two-thirds of minimum wage workers. While progress has been made on equal pay, women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for comparable work. Cain says that the combination of equal pay and increasing the minimum wage will go a long way toward helping working class families.
“Republicans in Congress have blocked equal pay legislation and mocked the basic fairness and equality that working women and their families deserve,” said Cain. “We need to end this gender discrimination in pay and start rewarding equal work with equal pay immediately.”
There is a bill before Congress now called The Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill would strengthen the penalties courts can impose for pay discrimination, and forbids retaliation against workers that inquire or disclose information about employers’ wage practices.
“It is true that when women succeed, America succeeds,” said Cain. “We need to broaden career choices for women. We need to enforce equal employment laws, and eliminate harassment and discrimination in the workplace. But right now, Congress can take an important step by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.”