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Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk (D)
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk (D)

Gov. Scott Walker's alleged reason for repealing Wisconsin's Equal Pay Enforcement Act was that "In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system." But, in a letter to Walker, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, who is running for governor in the upcoming recall election, and Democratic state Reps. Christine Sinicki and Chris Taylor challenge that claim:

Since the Equal Pay Enforcement Act was signed into law in 2009, we reasonably assume you are claiming there has been an exponential rise in state lawsuits regarding pay discrimination claims filed by women in Wisconsin.

Contrary to your claim, you have provided no evidence that in the two-year period since passage of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act that pay discrimination lawsuits are "clogging" the legal system.

In fact, Sinicki suggested on a press call that there may have been no such cases; Taylor, though, noted the deterrent effect of a strong equal pay law. Such a deterrent is definitely needed, especially in Wisconsin, where women earn 75 cents for every dollar men earn, below the national rate of 77 cents for every dollar. And that's what Scott Walker is working to protect.

Make a $5 donation to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to help stop Scott Walker's war on Wisconsin women.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Daily Kos.

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