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Texas equal-pay advocates fight for more time to file suits

Despite advances in equality between men and women, there are still some discrepancies. Many women in Texas and throughout the country still face wage and hour disputes, believing they are not paid the same as their male counterparts. A proposed act to extend the deadline for filing lawsuits based on wage discrimination has pitted Texans against each other.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women who work full-time have an average median income that is just 77 percent of their male peers’ salaries. The proposed Texas Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which the governor vetoed in 2013, seeks to extend the amount of time a woman has to file a sex-based wage discrimination claim. The act is a version of a federal law that passed in 2009.

Source: Dallas News, “Equal-pay law hasn’t sparked lawsuits that opponents fear for Texas version,” Nick Swartsell, April 8, 2014

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