Gov. Walker (R-Wisconsin) Signs Repeal Of Equal Pay Law – UPDATED

Despite repeated requests, he didn’t seem to want to talk about it. But now, if you are a woman in Wisconsin, there is no longer a [ADDED: state] law requiring your employer to pay you at the same rate as a man for equal work. That’s right: in Wisconsin, employers may now legally discriminate in favor of men and against women in matters of salary.

I hardly know what to say. In the second decade of the 21st century, such a move is dumbfounding, or maybe one could leave out the “founding” part. I hope the feuding Democrats running for Governor (presuming Walker is recalled) quickly resolve their differences, because the rights of women (at least) in Wisconsin depend on ridding the government of this bastard.

UPDATE: this is not exactly a correct statement: please read the comment by upyernoz. But Walker’s strategery [sic] is still puzzling.

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  • Shaun Downey  On Monday April 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Clearly this is a return to Victorian values. What a bloody idtiot

    • Steve  On Monday April 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Idiot indeed, Shaun. This guy takes the prize in the idiot contest.

  • upyernoz  On Monday April 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    “if you are a woman in Wisconsin, there is no longer a law requiring your employer to pay you at the same rate as a man for equal work.”

    not exactly, because it would still violate federal law, both the federal Equal Pay Act, and Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964 (because federal courts have ruled that unequal pay is also a form of sex discrimination).

    which is why i am kind of puzzled by the move. because federal law already covers this stuff, the repeal seems to be more of a symbolic act than a substantive one. but who in the 21st century wants to get behind the symbolism of unequal pay for equal work? it seems like a strange strategic decision to make, especially just as the guy is about to face a statewide recall election.

    • Steve  On Monday April 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, ‘noz; I’m off to reference your comment from the post itself.

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