Jul 20, 2010 12:16 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress
to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he calls a common sense
bill to ensure that women get as well as men for equal work.
The legislation would make it easier for women to sue employers
who pay them less than men. The House passed the bill in 2009, but
it failed to clear the Senate. Some Republican lawmakers have
argued that the bill could aid trial lawyers more than it would
The administration's Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force also
recommended Tuesday that the federal government collect better data
from businesses so it can more effectively track wage
discrimination in the workplace.