BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – After rejecting more sweeping measures to protect women from being paid less than men for the same work, lawmakers have passed a measure that specifies intentional pay discrimination based on sex is illegal under current law.
Senators voted 28-10 Friday to pass the measure by Mandeville Sen. Jack Donahue that originally dealt with limiting penalties for failure to pay wages. The measure was amended Thursday by the House to add that intentional pay discrimination is unlawful under state and federal law. Critics say the amendment hurts the fight to end gender pay discrimination by requiring intent to be proven.
But supporters say it would bring Louisiana in line with federal protections against pay discrimination.
The bill moves to Gov. Bobby Jindal.