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Was McCain Right to Oppose Equal Pay For Women Bill?

John McCain opposed a bill today, which would have given women suffering pay discrimination more time to sue their employers. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both supported the bill, which was defeated by Senate Republicans.

McCain said:

I am all in favor of pay equity for women, but this kind of legislation, as is typical of what's being proposed by my friends on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems. This is government playing a much, much greater role in the business of a private enterprise system.

McCain also said that what women really need is access to education and training, not access to the court system.

Do you agree with McCain? If employers are not susceptible to lawsuits, do they have any incentive to close the pay gap? If women can't realistically turn to the courts to stop pay discrimination, something that does happen in the US, where can they turn?


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