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Walker Repeals Wis. Equal Pay Protection

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election, quietly repealed a state law making it easier for pay discrimination victims to seek justice. Amanda Terkel reports in The Huffington Post that Walker signed into law a bill passed in party-line votes by Republicans in the state legislature that rolls back the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. The act had allowed workers to challenge pay discrimination in state rather than just federal courts.

As Greg Sargent reports in The Plum Line at The Washington Post, Walker’s action may add to Republican trouble attracting women’s votes in the presidential election. Republican primary front-runner Mitt Romney has tied himself to Walker, vowing to support the Wisconsin governor in his recall election.

Sargent reports that President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith released a statement calling on Romney to tell America what he thinks of the repeal:

As he campaigned across Wisconsin, Mitt Romney repeatedly praised Governor Scott Walker's leadership, calling him a "hero" and "a man of courage." But with his signing yesterday of a bill making it harder for women to enforce in court their right to equal pay, Walker showed how far Republicans are willing to go to undermine not only women's health care, but also their economic security. Does Romney think women should have the ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male co-workers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?

Walker’s recall resulted from public outrage after he led the charge to take away public employees’ collective bargaining rights.

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