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Wisconsin GOP Goes After Equal Pay Law

Wisconsin GOP Goes After Equal Pay Law

Wisconsin Republicans don’t just have their sights set on union busting and eradicating safe, affordable access to health care for women and the poor. They are also looking to make it easier for corporations to pay women less for comparable work.

The Equal Pay Enforcement Act, passed by the Wisconsin legislature in 2009, made is easier for victims of wage discrimination to press charges by opening up Wisconsin state courts to claims. Usually victims of pay discrimination must bring those claims in federal court, a process that can be more cumbersome and difficult than bringing a claim in state court.

But in November the state Senate approved SB 202, a bill that rolls back this right and last week the Assembly passed their version of the bill. Both versions passed on party-line votes. The bill now moves to Gov. Scott Walker (R) where he is expected to sign it.

Assuming Gov. Walker does sign the bill it will be an enormous step backwards for Wisconsin women who are under economic assault in both the public and private sector thanks to the Walker administration. This bill is, in a nutshell, about stripping women’s access to the court system and protecting employers by making it too difficult to bring a claim.

Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same tactic Republicans in Wisconsin and across the country are using to attack women’s rights in general. They know they can’t repeal anti-discrimination laws outright so, like abortion, they will do all they can to make sure enforcing those rights is as difficult as can be.

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2:36PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

OMG-how did disgusting people like this get into positions of power?
Wisconsin- get them out asap!!!

4:20AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Any woman that votes republican is not "shooting herself in the foot"....but more like shooting herself in her uterus.

1:27AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Perhaps we should just cede Wisconsin to Canada.

5:59PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

1:35PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I would like to see Obama get re-elected but this time with a majority government in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and Congress. We'll then see how he does without all the sabotage the idiot, racist Republican party has been doing since he got in last time.

8:07PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

If the women of Wisconsin support this measure, that are much more foolish, than I thought. Just what is up with, the Tea Party Republican GOP?
What kind of masochists are in charge, of these lunatic conservatives?

6:42AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Wisconsin had such a proud history of progressive politics-- now they want to take it back to the stone age, make women and children chattel, institute the company store and restore slave labor. Wisconsin-- TAKE BACK YOUR STATE!

6:27AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Any woman who votes Republican has to be crazy. So many of them seem to hate women. This isn't the dark ages. These bigoted and ignorant idiots aren't driving me back into the kitchen to play the little woman. Those days are long gone.

4:56AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

This is why I stay in the Chicago area! There are way too many democrats here for that BS!!! Wisconsin, I hope those of you that voted the Republicans into office learned your lesson! I feel sorry for the Democrats up there, but ya need to get off your butts and volunteer for the those you want elected! I hated Sarah Palin so much I donated time to Obama, and my friends 90 year old grandma donated time to him too, so you can do it too!!! We all must take action!

4:43AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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