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Greg Abbott's Past Court Fight Against Equal Pay

Equal pay, what?
Equal pay, what?

Abbott World just can't seem to catch a break lately. It began Sunday with his dancing around the question of his support for the Texas Equal Pay Act and some very damaging evidence emerged earlier this week.

State Senator Wendy Davis held a teleconference with Senator Sylvia Garcia and former TXU senior executive Alex Jimenez on new evidence that Greg Abbott has fought against equal pay for Texas families in the courtroom.

Per her press release: "A full day's hard work is worth a full day's pay no matter your gender," said Senator Wendy Davis. "As Attorney General, Greg Abbott actively fought against equal pay for equal work in the courtroom. Greg Abbott has shown that he would be a governor who just doesn't care that there are more families than ever before relying on two incomes, who can't afford to have one of their paychecks unfairly reduced because one of them is a woman. Texas needs a governor who is singularly focused on making sure our state moves into the future with a 21st Century economy. That begins with the principle of equal pay for equal work."

In 2012, Greg Abbott's office actually fought against equal pay in a court case in which he defended Prairie View A&M University in a lawsuit by a professor who faced pay discrimination.

This evidence says what he refused to say on Sunday's WFAA's interview. He does not support the Texas Equal Pay Act and he will continue to work against the philosophy of equal pay for all Texas citizens. And now we know why he didn't answer the question directly.

It's clear that whatever protections women enjoy under the Lilly Ledbetter Act don't apply in Texas. Under state law, a woman has only 180 days after the first instance of discrimination to file a complaint. In most cases, the worker doesn't realize the pay discrepancy until much later. The Ledbetter Act guards against this time lapse.

In Prairie View A&M University vs Chatha, a female professor of Indian origin alleged gender and race-nationality pay discrimination. PVAM argued that the statute of limitations had expired while Chatha contended that the federal Ledbetter law protected her. Abbott argued that the change in federal law didn't affect Texas' state statute of limitations. Diljit Chatha lost. You can read the full case on Prairie View A&M v. Chatha here: http://tinyurl.com/mvbh8r8

Women comprise 50.4 percent of the Texas population. Greg Abbott's refusal to support an equal day's pay for an equal days work means he is working against the needs of one-half of Texas citizens. As of right now, the Abbott campaign hasn't commented on the lawsuit or Wendy Davis' statement.

After all, what could he say? It would only add to the list of his errors, omissions and deceptions.


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