Lawmakers including multiple 2020 White House candidates are seizing on the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s battle for salaries equal to their male counterparts' to push for pay equity legislation. The effort come after the U.S. women’s team won the first game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday with a crushing 13-0 victory over Thailand and drew the issue into the national spotlight. ADVERTISEMENT The women’s team is currently engaged in a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation over the organization paying male players far more than women, even though the men’s team has been far less successful. The men’s team did not qualify for their last World Cup tournament, while the women’s team won the championship in 2015. House Democrats passed legislation, titled the Paycheck Fairness Act, in March that would require employers to prove that pay disparities aren’t rooted in gender discrimination and ban asking prospective employees about salary history. Businesses with 100 or more workers would also have to report annual compensation data. But the bill, as with many other top House Democratic agenda items, is currently stalled in the Senate. Democrats are trying to use the pileup of legislation against Senate… Read full this story
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