The Houston Chronicle reported this morning that several grocery chains in Texas lobbied Governor Perry to veto the recent wage fairness bill (HB 950) that would mirror the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act recently passed by Congress. The bill would have allowed actions regarding wage discrimination to be filed in state courts, instead of only in Federal courts.
One such company who lobbied Gov. Perry to veto this bill was Brookshire Grocery Company, based in Tyler. Brookshire is a major source for groceries for Mineola residents.
Given the local relevancy of this, we contacted Brookshire’s and asked for a statement regarding their efforts to have this legislation vetoed by the governor.
This legislation passed the Texas Legislature with bi-partisan support and sponsorship.
The response below is the statement we received this morning from Brookshire Grocery Co.:
Discrimination of employment or compensation based on gender is currently unlawful under federal laws and regulations. These existing laws provide recourse to federal courts for those who feel they have been discriminated against. Brookshire Grocery Company provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, or military status. The Company is committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful employment discrimination, unlawful harassment, and retaliation.
Customers wishing to express an opinion one way or another can go to the “contact us” section on the Brookshire’s website or call 1-888-WE RESPOND.
Do you think wage fairness and equality is an issue that needs to be addressed at the state level in Texas?
- Yes (64%, 18 Votes)
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