A step back for workplace equality

September 30, 2014
John Sadler, Editor-in-Chief





On Monday, Sept. 15, the Paycheck Fairness Act was once more struck down in the Senate.


The bill, which would have made wages more transparent, and hold employers liable if they paid an employee less on account of gender, was defeated 52-40.


A Republican filibuster blocked the bill. A filibuster in which every Republican participated, including four female senators.


Afterward, many did not seem to get the reasons they had for being against the bill were the reasons they needed to pass it.


On the GOP’s official website, they claim the bill would make it easier to file “frivolous” lawsuits that would do nothing but pay trial lawyers.


Funny how they turned the concept of suing someone for discrimination around.


Why do you want the ability to sue for discriminatory pay, women? You will hurt the small business owners. God forbid.


They also claim the statistic that women make 77% of what men make is flawed, by saying the comparison is between jobs not genders.


The GOP’s site noted comparing a female social worker to a male engineer is unfair, and they are right, it is.


But they seem to overlook the fact there are more men in these jobs than women, or look at it as if to say “if these women want the jobs nobody is out there stopping them.”


Their logic is sort of correct. Nobody is actively advertising they run a company that discriminates between genders. And of course, that means it does not happen.


The site even says the bill is not needed because “it is already illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender,” taken from the Equal Pay Act of 1963.


Guys, in case you did not know, sexism was solved in 1963. Good job. Everybody go home now.


Everybody except the four republican women that voted against the bill.


I would like them to stick around and compare their $174,000 a year salaries to the average yearly income of an American woman: $37,791.


I would like them to think about it hard, until they find something wrong with voting against helping those women not fortunate enough to have a cush government job.


We might be waiting a while.


John Sadler is a junior journalism and English major from Extension who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to jts040@latech.edu.



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