WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, voted again on Monday to advance the bill to end wage discrimination in the workplace. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and bar retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to colleagues. The measure was blocked by a Republican filibuster.

“In 2014, in a nation where women surpass men in earning college degrees, it’s simply unacceptable that we are still fighting over the right to equal pay. Women make up nearly half of our nation’s workforce, and an increasing proportion are their family’s primary breadwinners. Sadly, women working full time in Delaware still make just 80 cents on the dollar compared to men — a loss of nearly $10,000 a year, and nearly half a million dollars over a lifetime.

“It’s long past time to correct this shameful injustice, and tonight was yet another missed opportunity. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a common-sense bill that would give women the tools to fight back against discrimination when it occurs. I am disappointed in the Senate tonight, but I won’t give up on this important fight. Wage discrimination has no place in our society, and I’ll keep working until equal pay for equal work is a guarantee for all.”