Retailers to Senate: Don't Play Games with Pay Equity

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of Workforce Evan Armstrong issued the following statement as the U.S. Senate votes to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act today. 

“Leading retailers know that adopting fair and equitable hiring and pay practices is vital to building a 21st Century retail workforce that works for all. The Paycheck Fairness Act is unequivocally the wrong approach to addressing the gender wage gap and does not have the necessary amount of votes to pass the Senate. The Senate should not play games with an important topic like pay equity. For this reason, we strongly encourage both Republicans and Democrats to come together on a commonsense solution to pay inequality like the WAGE Equity Act.”

RILA sent a letter to Senate members today outlining the industry's concerns with the bill and identifying commonsense policies to address pay equity retailers support.


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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