Wisconsin just rolled back the Equal Pay Enforcement Act.
Let's be clear, if women in the state are okay with the Republicans Party and Scott Walker making it almost impossible to sue for workplace discrimination, than we're all in real trouble. More women than men are finding work or keeping their jobs than ever before. How will this impact families?
Scott Walker just signed SB202, which took the least costly state circuit courts from women and left just the federal courts, and eliminated compensatory and punitive damages for acts of employment discrimination. Sen. Glenn Grothman didn't trust the judgement of juries to make the right monetary decisions.
Why would Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association back such a downgrade in the law if they didn't have something up their sleeves? They wouldn't have. Joining that list; Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Wisconsin Builders Association, Wisconsin Hospital Association Inc (WHA), Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, Wisconsin Insurance Alliance.
Let the lower paychecks begin. In Wisconsin, women were making 75 cent for every dollar men were making. Ah, the good old days? Aren't conservative women just a little suspicious?
The war on women, from denying state funding to Planned Parenthood, sex ed changes to new abortion requirements, is in full swing in Wisconsin. And it's only been a year.
The Equal Pay Enforcement Act became law in July 2009. The purpose of the law is to provide a stronger enforcement mechanism for violations of pay and workplace discrimination by allowing victims to plead their case in the less costly state circuit system rather than having to try to get their cases heard by federal courts. It also provides stronger penalties for employers who were found guilty of discrimination.
SB 202 removes the “enforcement” from the Equal Pay Enforcement Act. This bill repeals the ability for anyone who’s been discriminated on the job to plead their cases in circuit court.