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Wisconsin gov (Walker) signs bill erasing discrimination damages
Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12

Posted on 04/06/2012 11:59:23 AM PDT by Libloather

Wis. gov signs bill erasing discrimination damages
Associated Press – 1 hr 14 mins ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that prohibits workers from collecting damages in employment discrimination cases.

Under current state law, employees who prevail in discrimination lawsuits can collect between $50,000 and $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The Republican bill blocks anyone from collecting such damages in employment discrimination suits.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bill; discrimination; walker; wisconsin

1 posted on 04/06/2012 11:59:33 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Why?


2 posted on 04/06/2012 12:02:36 PM PDT by sigzero
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To: Libloather

Wow! The race baiters, the feminists, and the lawyers will be furious, not to mention the union bosses and the Democrats.

And the result? More jobs for all.

Good for them! Keep it coming! Happy Easter!


3 posted on 04/06/2012 12:03:03 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Libloather

So now it’s essentially legal to discriminate — if you’re caught, all you have to do is pay backpay? I’m not following...


4 posted on 04/06/2012 12:04:26 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Libloather

“The state Department of Workforce Development could still award an employee back pay, costs and attorney fees, however.”

So if your boss has been an ass you can still get what you deserved without getting more for your hurt feelings. This might stop a lot of false claims.

Mel


5 posted on 04/06/2012 12:06:42 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: sigzero

So Liberal film productions don’t move to the other states.

Hollywood liberals go to where its easiest to do business and to where the tax breaks and cash incentives are.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 12:08:08 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: Libloather

Sniff,....no more jackpot justice.


7 posted on 04/06/2012 12:09:29 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Cicero

The DNC opposes jobs and work.

They promote - “unemployment insurance”.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 12:11:01 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: Alter Kaker

I have always been opposed to anything except actual damages.


9 posted on 04/06/2012 12:21:23 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: sigzero
Why?

And you cannot figure that out?

10 posted on 04/06/2012 12:22:50 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Libloather

Another step in the defunding of the Left. Employment discrimination awards form a huge pool of cash for trial lawyers, some of which gets recycled back to Dem politicians via campaign contributions. This will break the cycle, at least in Wisconsin.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 12:35:16 PM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Alter Kaker

I think the point is that you can fire someone who isn’t doing his job, and not get sued for big bucks because the guy who was sitting around doing nothing is a member of a designated victim class.


12 posted on 04/06/2012 12:41:15 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Libloather

Good! The public union employees are already overpaid as it is.


13 posted on 04/06/2012 1:05:44 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: sigzero

Takes away the incentive for frivolous litigation. Those who produce, earnest seek a good day’s work for good pay and actually show up *cough* Keith Olbermann *cough* have no need for such stupid litiguousness.


14 posted on 04/06/2012 1:08:28 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

earnest = earnestly


15 posted on 04/06/2012 1:09:38 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: sigzero

Because it’s a scam.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 1:38:02 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: sigzero

this leaves federal law and I believe the fees are capped.

IOW the lawyers are crying.


17 posted on 04/06/2012 2:18:00 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Libloather

The AP is reporting on this law. I am willing to presume this law is not as simplisitic as reported.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 2:20:56 PM PDT by nepppen
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To: 98ZJ USMC

The problem is that this also takes away an incentive not to violate the law. Under this provision, if an employer breaks the law, the worst that can happen to them is that they are ordered to pay back pay (in other words, to pay the employee what they would have paid had they not broken the law) - and that only happens if the employee sues and wins. Damages awards, in this kind of case, serve as a deterrent.

Think of shoplifting as an example - if the penalty for shoplifting were simply to pay for the items stolen, shoplifting rates would skyrocket, because the worst-case cost if caught breaking the law would be no worse than the cost of complying with the law.


19 posted on 04/06/2012 2:43:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Alter Kaker
So now it’s essentially legal to discriminate — if you’re caught, all you have to do is pay backpay? I’m not following...

Obviously, not. There are no damages from discrimination other than back-pay (and let's not forget the fines.) Are you really of the belief that I can put a monetary value on feeling really, really bad that I didn't get a job because I was discriminated against?

The entire concept of damages for pain-and-suffering is a despicable invention of the American legal industry and I'm glad to see it starting to be outlawed. I suppose now the tort lawyers will sue for damages because they can't sue for damages.

20 posted on 04/06/2012 2:52:40 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Libloather; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

Wisconsin changes to discrimination lawsuits ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 2:56:13 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
if the penalty for shoplifting were simply to pay for the items stolen, shoplifting rates would skyrocket, because the worst-case cost if caught breaking the law would be no worse than the cost of complying with the law

The penalty for shoplifting would not just be to pay the store. There would be the fine, the court payments (in some states,) lawyer fees in many cases, the fun of being thrown handcuffed into a police cruiser for a ride downtown, and the shame.

Now, I know you'll tell me that those don't seem to deter some thieves. And you're right. But do you really think they cough up imaginary damages, too? I'm really surprised at the level of support on this thread from supposed conservatives over the made-up concept of "damages."

The damage is the theft and the costs associated with prosecuting it. Why else, other than enriching lawyers, should additional arbitrary costs be tacked on?

22 posted on 04/06/2012 2:59:41 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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I am of the opinion that an employer should be able to hire whomever he wants for whatever reason. Also, he should be able to fire whomever he wants for whatever reason. A smart employer will make intelligent decisions for the best of his company. If he makes dumb decisions, he will go out of business.


23 posted on 04/06/2012 3:01:27 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Libloather

So this is through the liberal mouthpiece.. What’s the real truth of what he signed?


24 posted on 04/06/2012 3:02:15 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: TASMANIANRED
What’s the real truth of what he signed?

Dunno. This is one version. Others mention that women will never be the same. (Is that possible?)

25 posted on 04/06/2012 3:13:43 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Alter Kaker

This discrimination crap is from the left, where all it takes is one nutjob crying discrimination, get it to the liberal jury, and the payout comes. If they don’t like the job, or the work environment, get lost and let the market take care of it. I do not support sex harassment, etc., but too many crap excuses to complain discriminaiton. And BTW, it is legal to discriminate in private business, with some restictions, of course (e.g., number of employees, business type, etc.).


26 posted on 04/06/2012 3:46:53 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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