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House Proceeding on Jan 9th, 2009 :: 0:55:45 to 0:57:35
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John Kline

0:55:42 to 0:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: of legislation, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. klein -- kline, such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: thank you, madam speaker. once again i find myself rising in opposition to ill-conceived legislation before congress. closely related to the ledbetter bill we debated earlier today,

John Kline

0:55:45 to 0:57:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Kline

John Kline

0:56:03 to 0:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: the so-called paycheck fairness act is yet another attempt to hamstring our nation's businesses by limiting their ability to make hiring decisions based on the merits of their individual employees. despite the misleading title, this bill isn't about paycheck fairness, as my colleagues on the education and labor committee know very well, multiple existing laws,

John Kline

0:56:24 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: including the fair labor standards act and the civil rights act, already, already make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex and rightly so. rather than curbing discriminatory employment practices, as its supporters claim, this bill vastl expands the likelihood of discrimination lawsuits by making it easier and more lucrative for trial lawyers

John Kline

0:56:46 to 0:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: to bring such cases. in fact, more apt name for this bill would be the plaintiff bar or trial lawyer expansion act. and i can understand why some of my colleagues who may have law schools in their districts or have the opportunity to perhaps build a new law school might in fact be in favor of this legislation. this bill would allow discrimination claims to be made

John Kline

0:57:07 to 0:57:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: on very thin grounds and expose employers to unlimited claims made under the equal pay act. far beyond what isvailable under any other civil rights law. the bill also exposes employers to unlimited punitive, unlimited punitive and compensatory damage awards without requiring proof of intentional disimination.

John Kline

0:57:28 to 0:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: it eliminates key employer defenses for pay disparities and prohibits be employers from disciplining or discharging employees for publicly disclosing sensitive wage

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