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Bill Would Allow Women to Sue Their Employers Over Equal Pay

State Senator Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, has filed Senate Bill 65, which would allow Texas women to sue private businesses if they find out they’re not getting paid equally for similar jobs, regardless of when they learn about the salary discrepancy. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same concept covered in the federal Lily […]

State Senator Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, has filed Senate Bill 65, which would allow Texas women to sue private businesses if they find out they’re not getting paid equally for similar jobs, regardless of when they learn about the salary discrepancy.

Sound familiar? It should. It's the same concept covered in the federal Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and a similar bill passed through the Texas Legislature back in 2013 — but was vetoed by then Gov.Rick Perry.

Could it pass again? And if it does, will it be vetoed by Gov. Abbott?

We hear from Senator Ellis then welcome your questions for Prof. Elizabeth Gregory, Director of the University of Houston’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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