State Legislature Seeking to Overturn Equal Pay Enforcement
MILWAUKEE— Some Wisconsin senators are trying to remove the “Enforcement” from the Equal Pay Enforcement Act with SB 202. This new bill would prevent women who have experienced job discrimination to plead their cases in Wisconsin Circuit Court.
“Women deserve to be paid equally, and deserve justice when they aren’t treated fairly,” said Dana Schultz of 9to5 National Association of Working Women. “Under the guise of job creation, these legislators would make women bear even more of the burden of discrimination – all while failing to create a single job.”
Wisconsin women still earn 75% of that earned by their male colleagues on average.
9to5 will hold a press conference with Rep. Sinicki, the author of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, to condemn this bill and urge legislators to focus on actual policies that will create good jobs for women and eliminate barriers to working. It will be held outside the S. 27th St. Walmart, a large employer with a history of discriminatory practices.
WHAT: Milwaukee Press Conference on SB 202
WHO: 9to5, National Association of Working Women
State Director, Dana Schultz
Representative Chris Sinicki
Felipa, recently fired Walmart Worker, 9to5 Member
Jennifer Epps, Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Organizer
WHEN: Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11:00 am
WHERE: Outside Walmart on S 27th (3355 S 27th St)
VISUAL: Former Walmart Worker Speaking out on fair treatment. Wisconsin Women carrying signs reading “No More Job Shams,” “Women Sick of Lies,” “No Equal Pay Takeaway.”
9to5 National Association of Working Women is a national membership-based organization of low-income women working to improve policies on issues that directly affect them.