Sunday, June 02, 2013

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Opposes Pay Equity Because Women ‘Don’t Want The Decisions Made In Washington’

Why are so many U.S. Congresspeople insane

Marsha Blackburn strikes yet another blow against equality:

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) offered an odd view on women’s paycheck fairness and equity laws on Sunday, suggesting that federal legislation on workplace equity is condescending to women who are well-qualified for the workplace....

Blackburn has historically opposed legislation that protects women’s rights — usually under the guise that such laws are congressional overreach, affect too many groups, or hurt businesses. She voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which gives women more latitude to sue companies for workplace discrimination, as well as the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009, which bars employers from arbitrarily paying employees less on the basis of gender and forces them to use legitimate reasons such as education or past experience. In February, Blackburn also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, citing concerns that the law would protect “different groups” such as Native American women and LGBT Americans from domestic violence alongside straight, white women.