ACLU Disappointed in Senate’s Failure to Consider Fair Pay Legislation
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“Thanks to this vote, unscrupulous employers can rest easy in the knowledge that they will not be called to task for paying certain employees less because of their age, sex, race, national origin, disability or religion – so long as the employee is kept in the dark for 180 days,” said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “No employer should benefit from wage discrimination, but this vote allows them to do exactly that.”
“We urge the Senate to make every effort to overcome this procedural roadblock and to work to restore the rights of all Americans to seek justice if they are the victims of wage discrimination,” added Fredrickson.
“We are deeply saddened that members of the Senate would put political maneuvering before Americans’ rights by blocking this important legislation from receiving a vote on its merits,” said Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Policy Counsel for Civil Rights. “This modest, commonsense proposal was not an expansion, but merely the restoration of civil rights that had been in place for several decades before the Ledbetter decision. American workers should not soon forget that – in the midst of an economic downturn, no less – the Senate passed on an opportunity to ensure that we are all paid fairly.”