Paycheck Fairness Act Would Reduce Pay and Flexibility in the Workplace

In the name of protecting women from discrimination, the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) would allow employees to sue businesses that pay different workers different wages—even if those differences have nothing to do with the employees’ sex. These lawsuits can be brought for unlimited damages, giving a windfall to trial lawyers. Any financial benefits they reap, however, would come at the expense of workers’ freedom, opportunity, and pay. Employers would respond to these increased risks by implementing more uniform pay structures that would limit employees’ flexibility and opportunity for advancement. The PFA would hurt the very workers it is meant to help.

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