Paycheck Fairness Act fails in the Senate, plus other news...

Paycheck Fairness Act fails in the Senate, plus other news...

Billed as a way to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, the Paycheck Fairness Act, did not make it out of the Senate yesterday. The Paycheck Fairness Act earned 52 votes in favor of proceeding to final consideration, eight votes shy of the 60 votes necessary for cloture. The vote came down strictly along party lines, with the two independent senators voting with the Democrats and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) not voting. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed his vote so that he could bring the bill up again.

In other news...

  • The Eleventh Circuit Court of appeals ruled on Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 permits claims for retaliatory hostile work environment. The decision brings the Eleventh Circuit in line with everyone else.
  • The EEOC is touting a rare summary judgment victory in a Title VII retaliation case. A federal judge ruled that an employer unlawfully retaliated against an employee for refusing to waive his rights to file a discrimination charge as a part of a "last chance agreement."

This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer Handbook.

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