The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking a proactive stance on equal pay by launching a social media video campaign called "Level The Paying Field." This campaign commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 on June 10, which addresses sex-based wage discrimination. In a bid to raise awareness and promote equality, the campaign coincides with the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia & New Zealand. Notably, the US women’s professional soccer players association signed a historic equal pay agreement ensuring pay equity with the men’s team in 2022.
EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows highlighted the persistent gender pay gap that exists across various industries in the United States. Even after 60 years since the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, women continue to earn less than men in comparable positions. The Act, which prohibits sex-based wage discrimination, mandates equal pay for equal work, emphasizing substantial job similarity and similar working conditions.
The EEOC has the responsibility of enforcing the Equal Pay Act and other federal laws that protect individuals from discriminatory practices in the workplace. These laws cover factors such as ethnicity/race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, and genetic information. By addressing pay discrimination, the EEOC aims to ensure fair treatment for all employees and job applicants.
The EEOC's #LevelThePayingField campaign aims to raise awareness about the persistent issue of gender pay inequality and encourage equal pay for equal work. As part of the campaign, the EEOC will provide the public with Level The Paying Field graphics to show support for equal pay. Additionally, they will release an updated list of notable EEOC litigations related to pay discrimination. To enhance understanding, a 2023 Equal Pay Infographic will be made available, highlighting key statistics and facts surrounding the gender pay gap. Through these efforts, the EEOC aims to create a more equitable workforce for all individuals, regardless of gender.