Equal Pay Act

1963

What is it?

In 1963, the United States created a federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act. This act abolished wage disparity based on sex. This was America's attempt to give women and men equal wages. These include: bonuses, salary, vacation, and holiday pay. This law does allow pay differences based on seniority, production rate, and merit.

Who made this happen?

The equal pay act was signed by President Kennedy with the intention of ending gender-based pay discrimination. Together, Women's Equality Day and the Equal Pay Act signaled a new era of women's rights.
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