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Lawmakers approve Alabama equal pay legislation

A bill to provide equal pay to workers in Alabama is heading to the governor's desk for approval.

Posted: May 30, 2019 3:42 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could soon end its status as one of two U.S. states without an equal pay for equal work law.

Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation that would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or sex for the same work unless there are reasons such as seniority, a merit system or productivity to account for the difference.

The House of Representatives voted 99-0 to accept a Senate change to the bill. The bill now moves to Gov. Kay Ivey who will decide whether to sign it into law.

"It was high time we pass pay equity legislation in Alabama," said Democratic Rep. Adline Clarke, the bill's sponsor.

Alabama is the only U.S. state besides Mississippi to not have such legislation.

Clarke and other supporters acknowledged the legislation wasn't as strong as they would like, but she said it was "a start" toward providing state protection for workers. The legislation would give a worker two years to file a civil lawsuit in state court if they believed they had been the victim of pay discrimination.

Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose fight to close the pay gap between women's and men's wages led to a federal law named in her honor, praised the passage of the state legislation.

"This is amazing. I never thought it would have passed, to tell you the honest truth," Ledbetter told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

"Anything we can get passed in the state of Alabama toward this, it's a beginning. It's something to build on," Ledbetter said.

Ledbetter had worked at a Goodyear tire plant in Alabama for 19 years when she discovered via an anonymous note that she was paid less than men of the same positon.

She successfully sued Goodyear but the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the verdict ruling that she should have filed her suit within 180 days of her first discriminatory paycheck. President Barack Obama in 2009 signed into law the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act" which extends the time that employees have to file claims.

Ledbetter said pay discrimination is "alive and well."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 473413

Reported Deaths: 9214
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison32339474
Hinds30703575
DeSoto29814346
Jackson23263336
Rankin21111358
Lee14600217
Madison14043265
Jones13165218
Forrest12953233
Lauderdale11418297
Lowndes10249175
Lamar10048128
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Hancock7324111
Washington6837147
Oktibbeha6820118
Neshoba6404201
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Warren6326161
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Panola6071124
Bolivar6016143
Marshall5972118
Union564086
Pike5491133
Lincoln5232130
Alcorn520888
George457868
Scott451993
Leflore4401140
Prentiss437276
Itawamba436198
Tippah436180
Simpson4268111
Copiah425586
Wayne424863
Tate4234100
Adams4219114
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Marion4032100
Leake393185
Coahoma388198
Newton364474
Grenada3517101
Stone345657
Tishomingo324888
Attala321185
Jasper310262
Winston300391
Clay288273
Chickasaw282164
Clarke277487
Calhoun259739
Holmes259485
Smith243947
Yalobusha216747
Tallahatchie215649
Walthall205557
Greene204045
Lawrence203831
Perry196453
Amite193751
Webster191941
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Montgomery169853
Jefferson Davis165541
Carroll159937
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Benton139433
Kemper137439
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Choctaw124925
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Franklin115227
Quitman101825
Wilkinson99835
Jefferson86632
Sharkey62120
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 768301

Reported Deaths: 13209
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Jefferson1093481727
Mobile699891179
Madison48418589
Baldwin35707452
Shelby35193291
Tuscaloosa33029512
Montgomery32582664
Lee21908204
Calhoun20140377
Morgan19351318
Etowah18583433
Marshall17272259
Houston16139353
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Limestone14129180
Cullman14069235
Elmore14010245
Lauderdale13128272
Talladega12399215
DeKalb11890229
Walker10231312
Autauga9493127
Blount9418149
Jackson9115136
Coffee8646161
Colbert8324169
Dale8284159
Escambia6456106
Tallapoosa6394168
Covington6313157
Chilton6243133
Russell591654
Franklin563597
Chambers5240132
Marion4628115
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Clarke451471
Pike450091
Geneva4252106
Winston407987
Lawrence4046102
Bibb396177
Barbour338968
Marengo320981
Monroe311547
Butler309783
Pickens298769
Randolph294055
Henry293856
Hale286081
Cherokee279850
Fayette272271
Washington243545
Crenshaw232265
Clay221561
Macon214454
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Lowndes169056
Coosa163631
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Perry134235
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