Sen. Kamala Harris unveils plan to end gender pay gap

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Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has unveiled her plan that she says will close the gender wage gap.

“Show us what you got. That’s it.”

That’s the starting point, Harris explained to CNN. 

She’d require companies to get an “equal pay certification.”

“What I am proposing is we shift the burden. It should not be on that working woman to prove it, it should instead be on that large corporation to prove they’re paying people for equal work equally. It’s that simple, it’s literally that simple.”

Companies would have to open their books, disclosing what they pay to employees, and prove women and men are paid equally for equal work. 

If disparities exist, show the gap is based on merit, performance, or seniority — not gender. 

For every 1% pay gap, the Harris administration would fine companies 1% of their daily profits. 

Harris cites the latest census data, saying “Women, for the same work, for the equal work on average make 80 cents on the dollar and this has got to end.”

Harris would boost funding and enforcement power to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

And like her previous gun violence proposal, if Congress doesn’t act on equal pay, Harris says she’ll enact her plan by executive action.

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