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B. Recommendations

89. In a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, the Working Group makes the following recommendations to the federal and state authorities, as relevant, with a view to strengthening measures designed to guarantee gender equality, the empowerment of women and the promotion and protection of women’s human rights:

90. With regard to the legal framework, the Working Group recommends to:

(i) Ratify CEDAW;

(ii) Pass an equal rights amendment which would entrench women’s right to equality in the Constitution;

(iii) Reinforce existing legislation in order to eliminate all forms of sex discrimination in employment, to pre-empt restrictive interpretation of the laws which prejudice women’s access to remedies and to allow class action suits for employment discrimination claims on the basis of overall data against large corporations;

(iv) Amend the Equal Pay Act to include the right to equal pay for work of equal value, with the implementation provisions recommended in the Economic and Social Life Report of the Working Group in 201474;

(v) Mandate 14 weeks of paid maternity leave for all women workers in public and private employment, taking into account that best practice is payment from a social security fund which does not impose the direct financial burden on employers;


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