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Pay-Discrimination Bill Opposed by Business Fails in Senate Vote

A bill that would have made it easier for workers to sue their employers for pay discrimination was defeated in the U.S. Senate after business groups said the measure backed by the Obama administration was a jobs killer.

Senate Democrats didn’t muster enough votes today to overcome a Republican-led filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would have lifted the cap on damages in pay-discrimination lawsuits and restricted how employers can fight such complaints. The legislation would also have banned employers from penalizing workers who share salary information to find pay discrepancies.