Louisiana Senate rejects equal pay, minimum wage bills Posted By Alex Woodward @alexwoodward on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 7:35 PM The Louisiana Senate failed to pass three bills working to close gender-based pay disparities and lift families out of poverty by increasing the minimum wage by $1.25 from the current federal minimum of $7.25. New Orleans Democratic Sens. J.P. Morrell and Troy Carter sponsored a package of bills — one extending equal pay protections to women working with state contracts, another establishing a state minimum wage of $8.50 by 2020, and other prohibiting employers from firing employees for discussing wages. They narrowly passed a Senate committee earlier this month. Morrell's extension of the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act, which currently applies to state workers, would apply to businesses with state contracts. It failed by a vote of 18-20 . "We spend so much time as a society pretending issues aren’t issue s," Morrell said. "Until Brown vs. Board of Education , the vast majority of Americans through separate but equal was OK. ... People ignored the systemic discrimination." Louisiana's wage gap among men and women workers is among the worst in the U.S.; the Institute for Women's Policy Research estimates it won't close until the year 2115 .
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