THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES NEW EQUAL PAY INITIATIVE AND URGES PASSAGE OF PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT January 24, 2000
Today, President Clinton will unveil a $27 million Equal Pay Initiative in his FY 2001 budget and urge prompt passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act in order to combat unfair pay practices against women. The Initiative includes $10 million for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to 1) bolster the ability of the EEOC to identify and respond to wage discrimination; 2) teach businesses how to meet legal requirements; and 3) launch an equal pay public service announcement campaign to inform employers and employees alike of their rights and responsibilities. The Initiative also dedicates $10 million for the Labor Department to train women in non-traditional jobs, and provides $7 million for the Labor Department to help employers improve their pay policies, provide non-traditional apprenticeships, and implement industry partnerships.
PRESIDENT UNVEILS NEW INITIATIVE. The President's budget includes a $27 million initiative to help the EEOC and Labor Department fight wage discrimination. The Initiative includes $10 million for the EEOC to:
The Initiative also provides $17 million for DOL to:
PRESIDENT ALSO CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF LONG-OVERDUE LEGISLATION. The President again will urge Congress to pass the "The Paycheck Fairness Act" introduced by Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), to strengthen laws prohibiting wage discrimination. The highlights of this legislation include a new data collection provision; increased penalties under the Equal Pay Act (EPA); a non-retaliation provision; and a provision for increased training, research, and a pay equity award.