Senate Republicans Block Paycheck Fairness Act

by W.F. Price on November 18, 2010

The Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill designed to favor women in the workplace by giving them yet another weapon with which to extort money from businesses and employers, was held up by Republicans in the Senate, who managed to hold the Democrats to fewer than the needed 60 votes to pass the legislation.

President Obama expressed deep disappointment over the failure of the bill, saying that it would have ensured that American women didn’t bring home smaller paychecks to their families as “we emerge from one of the worst recessions in history.” The fact that the recession has affected mainly men and their paychecks didn’t seem to concern the president.

Republicans, as usual, were not concerned with men, but rather the effect the bill might have on businesses, which would be vulnerable to legal broadsides from disgruntled female employees and their attorneys, as the burden of proof that they are not “discriminating” against women would fall on them, and limits on damage awards would be removed.

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