Equal Pay Bill Blocked By Senate
A bill that would require employers to clearly identify non-gender related reasons for differences in pay was shot down by the Senate GOP majority on Tuesday. Republicans say the bill would place “unnecessary burdens” and too much pressure on businesses required to comply.
As expected, the pay equity bill failed along party lines, 52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would require employers to prove that differences in pay are based on qualifications, education and other “bona fides” not related to gender. It also would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who ask about, discuss or disclose wages in response to a complaint or investigation. And it would make employers who violate sex discrimination laws liable for compensatory or punitive damages. Under the bill, the federal government would be exempt from punitive damages.
GOP sure does know how to win over the hearts of women everywhere.
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