BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has narrowly rejected a bill that would have prohibited employers with at least 15 full-time workers in the state from paying unequal wages for the same job based on gender.
Sen. Edwin Murray's "Equal Pay for Women Act" failed by one vote, with 19 senators voting for it and 18 against. It needed 20 votes to pass the 39-member chamber.
Murray said women in Louisiana earn less than men for performing the same job duties and holding the same title.
Bill opponents say federal and state statutes already prohibit wage discrimination based on gender and new language is unnecessary.
Murray said women in states that have enacted similar laws are paid significantly more than in states without them.
Senate Bill 153 can be found at www.legis.la.gov