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Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes Penalizing Companies with Gender Pay Gap

HeadlineMay 21, 2019

In more news from the 2020 campaign trail, California Senator Kamala Harris announced her proposal to close the gender pay gap Monday, which would hold companies liable if they fail to offer equal pay. This is Senator Harris speaking at a rally Sunday.

Sen. Kamala Harris: “Women, for the same work, for the equal work, on average, make 80 cents on the dollar. Black women make 61 cents on the dollar. Latinas make 53 cents on the dollar. And this has got to end.”

Under Harris’s plan, companies with more than 100 employees would be required to submit data on staff compensation and could be penalized 1% of their daily profits for every 1% gap in pay between men and women. Profits from the fines would be used to invest in paid family and medical leave.

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