19 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: wrong for siding against victims of job discrimination.

There he goes again, helping to keep Wisconsin Open For Conservative-Business-as-usual.

Government and Political News: Mining takes center stage at the State Capitol | Pierce County Herald | Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Victims of job discrimination could no longer try to make companies pay punitive damages under a bill that was given preliminary approval in the state Assembly yesterday. Minority Democrats blocked a final vote on the measure – but it will be up again at the Assembly’s next meeting on Tuesday. Democrats say the bill is a setback for women who don’t get paid as much as men for the same work. Milwaukee Democrat Christine Sinicki said the bill lets employers “off the hook” by eliminating penalties for discrimination. But the bill’s original author, Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend, says most discrimination claims are not justified – and he said other protections offer things like back pay to those who’ve been discriminated against. The bill would un-do changes made in 2009, when Democrats controlled both the Legislature and the governor’s office. The Senate passed Grothman’s bill 17-to-16 last November, with all Democrats voting no.

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