Senate OKs longer window to sue for discrimination

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 7:03 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has passed a measure that puts the state more in line with the federal law to protect against gender discrimination in wages.

The federal Lily Ledbetter Act requires employers to prove that differences in pay are related to qualifications, not to gender. It also allows more time for employees to sue employers for discrimination.

House Bill 950 modifies Texas law, allowing a longer window to file a discrimination suit beyond the current 180-day period following the original pay decision. Doing so means state law would more-closely mirror federal statute.

The bill would apply only to wages and not to other forms of compensation or benefits. The bill still needs a final House vote.

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