Today, Tuesday Aug. 26, some Northern Michigan women marked Women’s Equality Day by delivering a 77 cent check to Congressman Dan Benishek to highlight his opposition to paycheck fairness.
Some studies have shown that women average just 77 cents on the dollar for the same job performed by men.
“Congressman Benishek’s refusal to support paycheck fairness is just another sign that he is putting the special interests and the wealthy ahead of what is best for Michigan’s women and our families,” said Chris Young, a Traverse City retiree. “Perhaps Congressman Benishek would feel differently about paycheck fairness if he only made 77 percent compared to the rest of the members of Congress who earn $174,000 in salary.”
Benishek Voted Against Considering Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2013, Congressman Benishek voted against consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would amend the Equal Pay Act to enhance remedies for people who experience pay discrimination on the basis of sex and ensure employers who try to justify paying a man more for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based. The previous question was approved 226-192. A vote against the motion would have allowed for consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act.[H Res 146, Vote #97, 4/12/13]