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Restaurants could get new filing requirement

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Restaurant businesses with more than 100 employees would be required to provide the federal government with breakdowns of pay by gender, race and ethnicity under a proposal that was aired today by the Obama Administration.

The measure, put forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor, is intended to close any gaps between what men and women are paid for doing similar jobs. The EEOC said it would use the annual filings for insights “into discriminatory pay practices across industries and occupations.”

The information is already required of companies that do business with the U.S. government.

The proposal was announced today at the White House to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation passed during President Obama’s tenure. That measure was intended to strengthen laws against discrepancies in pay for men and women doing comparable work.

The President said he would renew his call on Congress to close the gender gap by passing a bill that was put forth by the White House, the Pay Fairness Act.

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