equal pay

City Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS

Credit City of San Antonio

The city of San Antonio has now officially been served a lawsuit that claims two women at Animal Care Services were paid significantly less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.

Their attorney, Lawrence Morales, points to clear evidence that the city violated the Equal Pay Act. He feels confident about data he said shows his clients were compensated less than the male managers at the city's Animal Care Services department.

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The Source - April 2, 2014
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Source: Equal Pay In Texas

President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (January 1 2009).
By Joyce N. Boghosian via Wikimedia Commons cc

Equal pay for women has become a rallying cry for Democrats across Texas. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor has seized on the issue, making it central to her messaging.

Attorney General Greg Abbot, who is on the Republican ticket in the race for governor, has dismissed the issue, but was recently criticized when women in his own office were found to be paid less than their male colleagues for the same work.

Last year the Texas Legislature passed a state law allowing women who were discriminated against by their employers in pay to sue in state court. Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed the bill, calling it redundant:

"Texas' commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation. House Bill 950 duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission." - Gov. Rick Perry

The federal law Perry refers to is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows women to sue in federal court. The state version is better, said advocates, because it allowed for a quicker response at the local level, criticizing the federal court system as underfunded and slow. The Texas Association of Business wrote Perry to support a veto, arguing that the bill increased cumbersome regulation and frivolous lawsuits. 

“Asking an employer to be responsible for decisions that were made 10 or 15 years ago just does not work.  In many cases no one would be around that would know anything about why those decisions were made at the time.  The lack of a statute of limitations for filing these cases is bad for business, and this bill is bad for business, pure and simple.” - Bill Hammond, president TAB
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Equal Pay Laws
12:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Democratic Caucus Requests Equal Pay Investigation Into State Agencies

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The 12-member Democratic Caucus in the Texas Senate is urging Lt. Gov. David Dewurst to add an interim charge that allows state lawmakers to study gender pay equality within state agencies. Dewhurst indicated he would consider setting up a Senate investigation.

The request for an investigation is in response to recent news that men and women with the same job title at the Texas attorney general’s office have an estimated $6,000 salary gap.  

The letter from the caucus stated:

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2014 Governor's Race
11:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

What Equal Pay Laws Do For Gender Equality

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Equal pay laws have become the main focus in in the governor's race between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, but how much can equal pay laws actually accomplish for the issue?

Joseph Fishkin, a discrimination law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said equal pay laws boil down to one question: When do you have to file a lawsuit? That question gave rise to the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which defines that a complainant has 180 days from the time wage discrimination was discovered. 

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Equal Pay Laws
1:33 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dewhurst Says He Would Let Equal Pay Bill Go To Senate Vote

Dewhurst campaign video

Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he would allow another equal pay law to go before lawmakers for a vote, but a political expert says those comments may hurt Dewhurst during the May runoff election.

Following his speech in Arlington to a group of Republican women, Dewhurst, who as lieutenant governor allowed an equal pay for women bill to make it to the Senate floor for a vote, told WFAA-TV that if he won this year's election he would once again move the bill through the process.

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Equal Pay
12:31 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Groups React To Gender Pay Difference In Express-News Salary Report On AG Office

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is taking criticism for gender pay grades in the Texas attorney general's office.
Courtesy photo

Democratic women’s groups are weighing in on a new report showing women working in Attorney General Greg Abbott's office are paid less than their male counterparts. The numbers come on the heals of a major battle between Abbott and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis over equal pay laws.

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Women's Rights
3:27 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Texas GOP Comments Revive Equal Pay Debate

Cari Christman is pictured discussing the equal pay debate on Austin's YNN station. (YouTube screenshot)

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:26 pm

Comments from GOP figures in Texas are reviving the debate there over fair pay. Cari Christman, executive director of a Texas political action committee (PAC) called Red State Women was recently asked on local TV station WFAA about legislation to address the pay gap between men and women.

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Government
11:42 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Nancy Pelosi Talks Pay Equity At Women's Economic Forum

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins Congressman Joaquin Castro for women's economic forum
Eileen Pace

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a group of 150 attendees at a women's economic forum Saturday that they must join together to push for pay equity, work-life balance and benefits that equal the playing field for women and their families.

Pelosi joined Rosie Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro for the event at the Young Women's Leadership Academy, where Castro told the audience that 100 percent of the girls in the senior class had been accepted to college. 

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City Government
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

San Antonio Says There Are No Pay Disparities Among City Employees

The San Antonio' City Council Governance Committee on Wednesday discussed pay disparities at the request of Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina.
City of San Antonio

A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.

On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.

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