Equal Pay Day Fact Check: Congressman Pearce Opposes Paycheck Fairness

Today marks Equal Pay Day—the annual reminder of how much longer women must work to earn the same pay as men do for the same work. In 2014, women working full time are still only paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Equal Pay Day is also a reminder that Congressman Pearce has blocked equal pay legislation to address the inequality for New Mexico’s working women and their families. The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the penalties courts can impose for pay discrimination, and forbids retaliation against workers that inquire or disclose information about employers’ wage practices.

“Equal Pay Day is an important reminder to New Mexico’s women that Congressman Pearce has continually put special interests ahead of women and middle class families,” said Rocky Lara. “As a small business owner, I find it reprehensible that in this day and age pay discrimination is even an issue, but it should come as no surprise given Congressman Pearce’s record of opposition to legislation that would address pay inequality for women. It’s time Congressman Pearce stands up for New Mexico’s middle class families and supports equal pay for equal work.”

Background

Congressman Pearce Claimed He “Unequivocally Believe(s) in Equal Pay.” In a statement, Congressman Pearce said he “unequivocally believe(s) in equal pay.” [Congressman Pearce Statement, 4/08/14]

Congressman Pearce Voted Against Considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2013, Pearce voted against consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the penalties courts can impose for pay discrimination, and forbids retaliation against workers that inquire or disclose information about employers’ wage practices. [H Res 146, Vote #97, 4/11/13; Huffington Post, 4/11/13]

…And Again Voted Against Considering the Paycheck Fairness Act a Few Weeks Later. In 2013, Pearce voted against considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. The previous question was ordered so the bill was not brought up. [H Res 198, Vote #132, 5/07/13]