Letters to the editor, April 3

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Miscarriage of justice

Everyone would agree that regardless of race, gender and national origin, people who do the same work should get the same pay. Yet, there are those who do find it acceptable to pay women and some minorities lower wages than their white male counterparts.

That’s against the law, even in Texas.

Yet, the law doesn’t go far enough. Because job incomes are kept private, people are not aware of pay differences. Only after legal efforts are such pay differences exposed.

If this information is discovered 180 days after the discrimination started, however, Texas law prohibits lawsuits against wage discrimination to go forward.

Yet, there is a federal law that can change this miscarriage of justice that is currently being blocked by Gov. Rick Perry and will continue to be blocked if Greg Abbott is elected this fall to replace Perry.

It’s the Lilly Ledbetter Act that simply allows women to file a claim when the possible discrimination is discovered, not when it began.

If barriers were not in place to prevent workers from seeing their co-workers’ wages who do the same work, there were would be no need for the Ledbetter law.

If Greg Abbott is honest when he tells us that he “expects women to be paid what men are paid,” then he should change that archaic law.

If he’s not willing to fight for working men and women, why should he represent us as governor? Wendy Davis would be more than willing to make that change.

Larry Beck,


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