Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans Repeal Equal Pay Law

Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans Repeal Equal Pay Law April 7, 2012

War on women? What war on women?

WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.

I’m sure if asked whether they support such measures, Mitt Romney and all other Republican candidates will say, “This is just a distraction! This is the liberal media trying to change the subject from what really matters! Not bodily self-determination! Not equal pay! What women want are jobs! Not to be paid for them!”

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