AUSTIN- H.B. 950 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, which ensures that women will have an appropriate opportunity to seek redress for pay discrimination claims in State Courts, passed the Texas House of Representatives.
“On Thursday, I feel the Texas House took an important step to stamp out pay discrimination once and for all against women,” stated Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston.
H.B. 950 allows a reasonable time limit for filing pay discrimination claims by establishing that as long as workers file their claims within 180 days of a discriminatory paycheck, instead of when the initial discriminatory action took place, their charges will be considered timely and restitution can be sought in less costly and speedier State courts. The measure conforms state law to current federal statute in relation to discriminatory pay practices.
Passage of the bill sends a strong message that guaranteeing equal pay for equal work is no longer symbolic but a realistic aim to be pursued. With a recent study by the National Committee on Pay Equity pointing out that women on average make 77.4% of the amount that men earn, a disparity even greater for women of color – this measure will go a long way to ensure the State of Texas takes the lead in the march for equality of all its citizens.
“House Bill 950 will make certain that all the daughters, grand-daughters, aunts and nieces in Texas have their fair chance in Texas courts when employers abridge a woman’s right for equal pay for equal work,” said Rep. Thompson.