TAB Clears the Air on Equal Pay
Equal Pay is already the law of the land
AUSTIN, TX—The current debate over the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay bill is missing the real objection to the law that those who called for its veto have. The issue is not equal pay. The issue is the statute of limitations for filing claims.
“Equal pay is the law of the land and TAB supports equal pay,” said Texas Association of Business (TAB) President and CEO Bill Hammond. “What TAB does not support is employers being held responsible for salary decisions for years after they are made, which the federal and state versions of the Lilly Ledbetter bill include.”
Hammond said the real issue has been muddied by people because it doesn’t fit their political agenda. “Asking an employer to be responsible for decisions that were made 10 or 15 years ago just does not work. In many cases no one would be around that would know anything about why those decisions were made at the time. The lack of a statute of limitations for filing these cases is bad for business, and this bill is bad for business, pure and simple.”
Hammond said current law in Texas addresses the situation fairly. “People who have an equal pay dispute with an employer have 180 days now to take action. We feel this is completely appropriate. We would also encourage employees who feel like they are not being treated fairly go to the Texas Workforce Commission and file a complaint. You don’t even need legal representation to talk to the Workforce Commission about that issue.”
Hammond said there are multiple variables employers use to determine salary. “Decisions are made every day based on skill level, education and productivity. Asking an employer to keep up with every pay decision ever made over the life of a business is a massive undertaking and a severe burden on those businesses. TAB supports equal pay and supports the current state law. TAB does not support any bill of this kind that lacks hard and fast deadlines for complaints to be filed. That kind of legislation hurts business and hurts the economy.”
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Founded in 1922, the Texas Association of Business is a broad-based, bipartisan organization representing more than 4,000 small and large Texas employers and 200 local chambers of commerce.