House passes bill aiming to close Gender Pay Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLNE) – The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed the Paycheck Fairness Act Thursday which aims at closing the gender pay gap.

The legislation also includes pay equity.

It would block employers from asking job applicants their salary history.

The Chamber of Commerce, National Restaurant Association, and the National Retail Federation have all expressed opposition to the bill.

They say it prevents legitimate business practices that are used to attract employees.

In a statement, the White House said the Paycheck Fairness Act was “essential to advancing American values of fairness and equity.”

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