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Walker criticized for disallowing sex-discrimination lawsuits in state court


UNDATED (WSAU) The chair of the Democratic National Committee slammed Wisconsin's governor on Easter Sunday for repealing the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which made it cheaper to sue employers for job-and-pay discrimination. Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on C-N-N's "State of the Union" that women "aren't going to stand for" Scott Walker's action.

The Republican Walker repealed a law passed by Former Governor Jim Doyle and his Democratic legislative majority two years ago. It allowed state employment discrimination suits, at a lower cost than the same actions in federal court. State Republicans say the federal courts are still an option for victims, along with seeking back pay from the state's Equal Rights Division.

Walker privately signed the repeal last Thursday, along with about 50 other bills. He announced the move on Good Friday afternoon – and President Obama's campaign made it a national issue before the day was done.

Lis Smith of the president's camp tied Walker's repeal to G-O-P challenger Mitt Romney, who has said that women voters only care about pocketbook issues. Smith asked quote, "Does Romney think women should have the ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male co-workers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?" National Republicans have yet to comment.

Not all Democrats are convinced that Republicans are trying to attack women. The head of the Congressional Black Caucus, Missouri Democrat Emanuel Cleave, said it would be wrong to accuse the G-O-P of waging a "war on women." Cleaver told C-N-N, "We have got to quit exaggerating our political differences."