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Senate Republicans kill bill to fight discrimination in the workplace

Senate Republicans have stopped a bill to fight discrimination in the workplace from coming to a vote, increasing calls to end the filibuster so that the Republican minority can’t block all progressive legislation.

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to get past the filibuster in a 49-50 vote this past Tuesday in the Senate, after it passed the House this past April.

The bill would make it easier for employees who have been the victims of pay discrimination to sue their employers, enhance penalties for pay discrimination, and increase protections against retaliation from employers.

Current federal legislation that bans pay discrimination, Democrats argued, has not been good enough to solve the gender pay gap. They say that 40% of the estimated 18% pay gap between women and men cannot be explained by factors like education and union membership.

The bill would have enhanced the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which bans pay discrimination “on the basis of sex.” The Supreme Court in its 2020 Bostock v. Clayton Co. decision said that Title VII’s prohibition of job discrimination “based on sex” also bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and President Joe Biden has said that federal anti-discrimination legislation already bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination, which means that the Paycheck Fairness […]

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