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Portman says Paycheck Fairness Act goes too far
Although the Ohio senator supports equal pay, he believes the new provisions will lead to more lawsuits
Story by KELSEY LEYVA


 
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Ohio’s Rep. Sen. Rob Portman is among those who blocked a bill Wednesday that would provide employees more protection against wage discrimination.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would put an end to employer retaliation for the sharing of salary information and require the Department of Labor to collect wage data. On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Portman says he supports equal pay, but this bill would be counterproductive.

LISTEN: Rob Portman's reason for voting against Paycheck Fairness Act

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“The question is whether we need an additional bill on top of that. And I worry what the impact is going to be. I mean, I think it’s going to lead to fewer companies offering merit pay because if they do, they’re subject to litigation and that will effect men and women alike.”

Portman says the focus should be on aggressively enforcing current laws, although he does support further provisions that would prevent retaliation against employees.
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