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Text of the Fairness for Working Families Act

This bill was introduced on April 30, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 30, 1998 (Introduced).

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HR 3769 IH

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3769

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the anti-discrimination provision of such Act and to provide additional resources to the Secretary of Labor to do studies and outreach on pay disparities.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 30, 1998

Mr. BAESLER (for himself and Ms. SLAUGHTER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the anti-discrimination provision of such Act and to provide additional resources to the Secretary of Labor to do studies and outreach on pay disparities.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Fairness for Working Families Act’.

SEC. 2. ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT OF EQUAL PAY REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) ENHANCED PENALTIES- Section 16(b) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 216(b)) is amended--

      (1) by inserting after the first sentence the following: ‘Any employer who violates section 6(d) shall additionally be liable for such compensatory or punitive damages as may be appropriate.’;

      (2) in the sentence beginning ‘An action to’, by striking ‘either of the preceding sentences’ and inserting ‘any of the preceding sentences of this subsection’; and

      (3) in the sentence beginning ‘The court in’--

        (A) by striking ‘in such action’ and inserting ‘in any action brought to recover the liability prescribed in any of the preceding sentences of this subsection’; and

        (B) by inserting before the period the following: ‘, including expert fees’.

    (b) ACTION- Section 16(c) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 216(c)) is amended--

      (1) in the first sentence--

        (A) by inserting ‘or, in the case of a violation of section 6(d), additional compensatory or punitive damages,’ before ‘, and the agreement’; and

        (B) by inserting before the period the following: ‘, or such compensatory or punitive damages, as appropriate’;

      (2) in the second sentence, by inserting before the period the following: ‘and, in the case of a violation of section 6(d), additional compensatory or punitive damages’; and

      (3) in the third sentence, by striking ‘the first sentence’ and inserting ‘the first or second sentence’.

SEC. 3. RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND OUTREACH.

    (a) STUDIES AND INFORMATION- The Secretary of Labor shall conduct studies and provide information to employers, labor organizations, and the general public concerning the means available to eliminate pay disparities between men and women, including--

      (1) conducting and promoting research to develop the means to correct expeditiously the conditions leading to the pay disparities;

      (2) publishing and otherwise making available to employers, labor organizations, professional associations, educational institutions, the media, and the general public the findings resulting from studies and other materials, relating to eliminating the pay disparities;

      (3) sponsoring and assisting State and community informational and educational programs;

      (4) providing information to employers, labor organizations, professional associations, and other interested persons on the means of eliminating the pay disparities;

      (5) recognizing and promoting the achievements of employers, labor organizations, and professional associations that have worked to eliminate the pay disparities;

      (6) convening a national summit to discuss, and consider approaches for rectifying, the pay disparities; and

      (7) issuing to employers voluntary pay guidelines for the relative pay ranges of a selection of male- and female-dominated widely held occupations.

    (b) AUTHORIZATION- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Labor $1,000,000 to carry out subsection (a).