The House Education & Labor Committee, having made a 180 degree turn under democratic Chairman Representative Bobby Scott (VA), held a public hearing this week on H.R.7, known as the Paycheck Fairness Act. With 240 cosponsors in the House (all 239 democrat members and 1 republican), the legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to require that employers prove that any pay discrepancies between a male and female employee are not discriminatory, but exist for legitimate, job-related reasons. In addition, the bill would prohibit inquiries into salary history during the screening and hiring process and outlaw retaliation against employees for disclosing salary information with other employees. Identical versions of the legislation were filed by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the House and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate. Some version of the Paycheck Fairness Act has been filed in every Congress since 1997, but it has yet to make it through both branches, despite its twenty-two year history and an endorsement from President Barack Obama in 2012.