Obama Administration’s National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force Combines Efforts of Federal Agencies and Departments to Crack Down on Pay Discrimination


Recently, we reported that passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives last year but has been on hold in the Senate since then, is likely to be a hotly contested legislative battle between the Obama Administration and Congress with the midterm elections on the horizon. See “President Obama Urges Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act” for a description of how the Paycheck Fairness Act would increase and enhance the remedies available to employees for Equal Pay Act violations if it becomes law.

While the Paycheck Fairness Act is stalled in the Senate, the Obama Administration has organized a National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force that is using the combined regulatory powers and resources of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to crack down on gender-based pay discrimination.

The National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force is composed of officials from those federal agencies and departments, and its top objective is working with Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Task Force’s other stated objectives include...

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