From a Yahoo new editorial at http://news.yahoo.com/gop-regret-blocking-equal-pay-women-135900740.html
. . . No. Voters will see through this election-year ploy: "Three cheers for the Senate filibuster," says The Wall Street Journal in an editorial. Democrats are playing partisan games with this utterly unnecessary bill: After all, the U.S. already has plenty of laws prohibiting gender-pay discrimination. Furthermore, the bill "ought to be called the 'Trial Lawyer Paycheck Act,' since it is a recipe for a class-action boom" that will hurt business profits and reduce pay across the board. This type of overreaching legislation "is precisely the reason that voters elected more Republicans in 2010."
"The trial lawyer paycheck act"
Actually, more gender-discrimination suits are needed: Republicans argue that the bill would lead to an "unnecessary and soul-crushing number of lawsuits against employers," but the country actually needs far more pay-gap suits, says Bryce Covert at Forbes. Studies "have found no other way to explain at least some of the gap than discrimination," and yet the number of gender-discrimination cases are falling. Only last year, the Supreme Court "knocked down a suit against Walmart, handing down a decision that makes it even harder to bring these cases." In the "face of a gap that is only getting worse, it would seem the number of cases could stand to get a boost."
"Republicans are wrong: We need more equal pay litigation, not less"
I am very lucky to work for a company that is pretty good at Gender Pay Equality, even though I tend to bitch about one of my coworkers that accomplishes half the amount of work that I do and is paid half again what I make. I have to step back and look at the fact that he has 25+ years with the company and a degree, so therefore, he is going to get paid a significant amount more.