On Wednesday of this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) by a margin of 242 – 187. A handful of Republicans joined every Democrat in the Chamber to send the measure along to the republican-controlled Senate, where it will likely die without any movement in the current session. Among the provisions of the bill, employers would be prohibited from inquiring about prospective employees’ salaries and retaliating against workers for comparing or sharing wage and salary information. In addition, it proposes to eliminate “barriers” that would make it more difficult for employees to file class-action suits against their employers over pay discrimination allegations and mandates that employers provide EEOC with compensation data (including hiring, firing and promotion data) delineated by sex, race and national origin. Seeking to take the pay inequity issue in a different direction, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) filed a much less-punitive Wage Equity Act as an alternative measure, but that bill stands zero chance of winning approval in the democrat-controlled House.