'Wage Equity' Supporters Promise Override Of Rauner Veto

Craig Dellimore
September 24, 2018 - 5:08 pm
Springfield

Springfield, Illinois.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State legislators and advocates say they are mounting a major effort to override Gov. Rauner's veto of what's known as the "Wage Equity Bill."

Backers say House Bill 4163 would help protect women from wage discrimination by making it illegal for employers to ask applicants about their previous salary history. 

In vetoing the measure, Rauner – a Republican seeking re-election -- said he strongly supports wage equity but the bill did not balance the interests of the business community.

Wendy Pollack with the Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law said Monday that Rauner’s amendatory veto would shield companies that discriminate from most lawsuits.

State Rep. Anna Moeller vows a bipartisan veto override. She says the bill would help women stop the perpetuation of lower salaries.

The legislation passed with bipartisan support.