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5 Apr, 2012

Repeals Equal Pay Enforcement Act

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Walker signs a bill repealing the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act which allowed workers to sue employers for wage discrimination in the cheaper and more accessible state courts rather than in federal court. Senator Grothman argues the act was hurting businesses who had to defend themselves from false accusations of discrimination:

It’s an underreported problem, but a huge number of discrimination claims are baseless. Most of them are filed by fired employees, and really today almost anybody is a protected class. As a result many companies are forced to pay fired employees to go away [and it has] raised the cost of doing business in the state to intolerable levels.

Senator Sinicki, who co-authored the act, opposes its repeal:

This whole session has been anti-woman and anti-middle class, and this fits right in with that agenda.

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