Earlier this month, the US Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, federal legislation sponsored by democratic senators that seeks to give female workers the right to compare salaries without the threat of retaliation, to seek monetary damages and further requiring companies to explain pay disparities.  The bill lost on a vote of 53-44 with all republicans voting against the proposal. Senate democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV) also voted against the legislation so that under Senate rules, he will be able to bring the bill back to the floor for further consideration later this session.  In a “not-yet-related” matter, five members of the US Women’s National Soccer Team filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming sexual discrimination because the US Soccer Federation pays members of the US Men’s National Team significantly more that it does them.  The Equal Pay Act, signed into law in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, requires an employer to pay men and women employees equally for equal work in all types of pay.  The women will have to prove that their jobs are the same as the men’s to qualify under the EPA, which provides a number of required conditions to be met.  Do stay tuned!