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Kamala Harris proposes equal pay measure to close gender gap


© Reuters/MIKE BLAKE U.S. Senator Kamala Harris holds her first organizing event in Los Angeles as she campaigns in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race in Los Angeles


Senator Kamala Harris, one of two dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, on Monday proposed closing the gender pay gap by requiring companies to disclose pay data and secure an "equal pay certification" or be fined.


Harris' proposal aims to shift the burden from workers, who now must prove pay discrimination by employers, to corporations, which would have to show they eliminated pay disparities between men and women doing work of equal value.


In 2017, full-time, year-round working women earned 80% of what male counterparts earned, the U.S. Census Bureau says, and minority women earned even less.


At a college rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, Harris decried the pay gap between men and women. "This has got to end," she said, to audience cheers.


Harris said her plan would incentivize corporations to close the pay gap, because "There will be penalties if they don't."


Under Harris' proposal, which would require approval by the U.S. Congress, companies with 100 or more employees would give their pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



Reuters

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