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Wisconsin Republican: Gender discrimination in workplace is a myth

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Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) wants women to know that the whole concept of wage discrimination is all in their heads. “It’s an under reported problem,” Grothman told The Daily Beast, “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.”

It was this rationale that led the senator to spearhead the drive to repeal Wisconsin’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, the state’s equivalent of the Ledbetter Act, the federal law that helped provide the means for workers to pursue discrimination claims against employers.

Governor Scott Walker (R) signed the repeal of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act into law on Thursday.  The repeal, now known as Act 219, was brought before Walker after passing in party-line votes in the Republican-dominated state senate and state assembly.

Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) wants women to know that the whole concept of wage discrimination is all in their heads. “It’s an underreported problem,” Grothman told The Daily Beast, “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.”

It was this rationale that led the senator to spearhead the drive to repeal Wisconsin’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, the state’s equivalent of the Ledbetter Act, the federal law that helped provide the means for workers to pursue discrimination claims against employers.

Governor Scott Walker (R) signed the repeal of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act into law on Thursday.  The repeal, now known as Act 219, was brought before Walker after passing in party-line votes in the Republican-dominated state senate and state assembly.

After ten years in the workforce, the gap opened to 12 percent.

Prior to the passage of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, Wisconsin had a larger gap than the national average between the wages of male and female workers.  By the time the law was repealed on Thursday, the gap had shrunken to lower than the national average.

“Since the law was put into place, employers actually took notice and were very conscious of the fact that they had to follow this law or they were at risk of a lawsuit,” said Democratic senator Sinicki.

Governor Scott Walker and four other state Republicans will be facing historic recall elections in June.

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