Monday, April 23, 2012

The Letter

Kathleen Falk, along with Representatives Christine Sinicki and Chris Taylor, sent the following letter to Scott Walker:
Governor Scott Walker
State Capitol, 115 East
Madison, Wisconsin 53708

Dear Governor Walker:

We are writing today to request a written answer to a simple question on the minds of women and men across Wisconsin: Why did you sign Senate Bill 202 to repeal the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, and in doing so remove state legal recourse for women who are victims of pay discrimination?

Our request is necessary because the answer you have provided to the people of Wisconsin does not appear to be honest when compared to the facts.

Most importantly, our request is necessary because women are being paid less than men in Wisconsin for doing the same job, and it’s wrong.

When asked by a Green Bay television station on April 17, you offered the following rationale for repealing the Equal Pay Enforcement Act: “In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system.”

Since the Equal Pay Enforcement Act was signed into law in 2009, we reasonably assume you are claiming there has been an exponential rise in state lawsuits regarding pay discrimination claims filed by women in Wisconsin.

Contrary to your claim, you have provided no evidence that in the two‐year period since passage of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act that pay discrimination lawsuits are “clogging” the legal system.

In fact, you have not provided even one example of a suit being filed in that time period. Not a single
Sadly, this evidence suggests you were intentionally trying to deceive the people of Wisconsin.

Or you have a different reason for pursuing this attack on the rights of Wisconsin’s more than 2.8 million women.

We ask for a prompt, written response as the issue of equal pay for women in the workplace could not be more important.

The women and the men of Wisconsin are waiting.

Sincerely yours,

Kathleen Falk
Rep. Christine Sinicki
Rep. Chris Taylor
There has still been no reply from Walker.


  1. Women still have at least three ways to make this sort of claim. Perhaps Falk and the others are just as stupid as we think?

    1. Yeah, where the hurdles are greater and the consequences less severe. There was no need to pass this except out of maliciousness and misogyny.