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S. 345 (115th): Workplace Advancement Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 345


February 8 (legislative day, February 6), 2017

(for herself, Mrs. Ernst, and Mrs. Capito) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to strengthen equal pay requirements.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Workplace Advancement Act.


Enhanced enforcement of Equal Pay Act requirements

Section 15(a) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 215(a)) is amended—


in paragraph (5), by striking the period and inserting ; or; and


by adding at the end the following:


to discharge or in any other manner retaliate against any employee because such employee has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed comparative compensation information for the purpose of determining whether the employer is compensating an employee in a manner that provides equal pay for equal work, except that this paragraph shall not apply to instances in which an employee who has access to the wage information of other employees as a part of such employee’s job functions discloses the wages of such other employees to an individual who does not otherwise have access to such information, unless such disclosure is in response to a charge or complaint or in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action under section 6(d), including an investigation conducted by the employer.

Nothing in paragraph (6) shall be construed to limit the rights of an employee provided under any other provision of law.



Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—


gender-based discrimination in wages or compensation violates existing law; and


Congress recommits itself to the principles of equal pay for equal work as enshrined in section 6(d) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(d); commonly referred to as the Equal Pay Act of 1963) and title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.).