State lawmakers kill law requiring equal pay for men, women
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers rejected a law that would prohibit some employers from paying women less than men doing the same job.
Sen. Edwin Murray's "Equal Pay for Women Act" was killed by one vote. Nineteen senators voted for it and 18 against; 20 votes are needed to pass.
Murray said women in Louisiana earn less than men for performing the same job duties and holding the same title. The measure would have outlawed paying workers unequal wages for the same job based on gender where there are at least 15 full-time workers.
Leaders who voted against the plan said federal and state statutes already prohibit wage discrimination based on gender and new language is unnecessary.
Murray said women in states that have enacted similar laws are paid significantly more than in states without them.
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