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ABA Urges Senate to Bring Up, Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16, 2010 — “The sole purpose of the Paycheck Fairness Act is to assure that men and women have the tools to assert their legal right to equal pay for equal work,” wrote _ President Stephen N. Zack in a letter to all U.S. senators prior to the cloture vote on the bill, scheduled for Wednesday.

Thomas Susman, director of the association’s Governmental Affairs Office, emphasized the importance of the cloture vote, noting that “A vote for cloture is a vote to bring the bill before the Senate for robust debate, thereby allowing the Senate to fulfill its historic role to provide a venue for open discussion of the important issues of our times.”  Attaining cloture will open the way for enactment of this significant bill, which will improve fairness for all Americans, Susman continued.

In the letter dated Nov. 15, Zack emphasized that the legislation will strengthen existing wage discrimination law and will not impose “outrageous, novel burdens on employers.”  Further, Zack wrote, “Enhanced remedies should make businesses more cognizant of their legal obligations and more careful about how they set wages.  A renewed commitment by businesses to non-discrimination should help reduce future lawsuits.

Zack concluded, “It is clear that lip service alone to the American ideal of a workplace free of discrimination will not help eradicate gender-based wage discrimination.  We urge you to transform rhetoric into action …”

The letter will be posted at  http://www.abanet.org/poladv/letters/judiciary/2010nov15_paychecks_l.pdf.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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