By Bill Osmulski | MacIver Institute
MADISON — Although it’s the cornerstone of Democrat campaigns against Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has only identified eight instances of gender discrimination in the state during the past two years.
That comes out to .0006 percent of the state’s 1.3 million women in the labor force.
Democrats have pointed to the repeal of a 2009 law called the “equal pay enforcement act.” They say when the law went away, so did protections against gender discrimination.
According to DWD, protections against gender discrimination are still in place. All that law did was allowed people to sue employers in state court, after the state had already forced the employer to pay compensation. Even with that law gone, DWD still investigations gender discrimination complaints and can order employers to provide compensation. Victims can also still file civil claims in Federal Court.
According to the best knowledge of DWD, that 2009 law was never used in a lawsuit anyway.