Women and minorities who feel they've been discriminated against at work could take employers to circuit court, under a bill passed by the state Senate. The legislation from Green Bay Democrat Dave Hansen will drive business out of Wisconsin, according to West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman. "What this will do — because any business has to worry about potentially frivolous lawsuits — it creates right away the danger that anybody in a large company can sue, and say 'I was discriminated against.'"
But Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor says the most recent numbers from her district show economic justice is still not a reality in Wisconsin, with wages for African American workers lagging behind those of their white counterparts. The bill passed the Senate on a party line vote Thursday, but action by the Republican controlled state Assembly is unlikely.