Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked by Republicans in Senate: Be Ready for Lots More Lawsuits
Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked the reports Fairness Act,CBS News. The vote was 58-41, and 60 were needed to bypass the GOP.
That means that women will still have to wait for a level playing field in how they are paid. Ironically, it could also mean bad news for Republicans who oppose using litigation as a way to settle disputes and businesses that will do almost anything to prevent the hit to their brand and their pocketbook of gender discrimination lawsuits. Currently, Wal-Mart is faced with a whopper of such a suit.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict that more women are going to get very angry now that the Paycheck Fairness Act hasn't moved along. As a result, those women are likely to go to the Equal Opportunity Commission and their own private lawyers to file legal complaints about what they perceive as pay inequities.
It was just such an action that led the the famous passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. That gender discrimination lawsuit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. After the high court ruled against Ledbetter, Congress bypassed the Supreme Court with its own legislation about wage disparities based on gender. Women and their lawyers aren't taking prisoners on the pay issue.