Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson urged people to boycott Macy’s department stores following the Thanksgiving holiday because, as she claimed, the department store sent a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry urging him to veto a bill the state legislature passed to help enforce the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on the state level.
An accusation Politifact found to be “True.”
Thompson, a Democrat from Houston, said:
“The fact that Macy’s doesn’t support equal pay for women should stop you from shopping there on Black Friday. Macy’s sent a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto the law, which he ultimately did.”
A spokesperson for Macy’s confirmed that the company sent the note, claiming that this bill would duplicate federal laws and open the company up for frivolous legislation.
So a piece of legislation that had bipartisan support in the Texas state legislature was vetoed by Rick Perry, with the urging of Macy’s because they claimed it duplicates federal law.
If it’s just a duplicate of federal law, then why veto the legislation? If it’s just a duplicate of established protocols for equal pay, then why did Macy’s go out of its way to send a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto the bill?
It seems they’re masking ulterior motives to continue their practice of discrimination under the guise of “duplicate laws” that would lead to “frivolous lawsuits” against their company.
How exactly would the law proposed by Ms. Thompson — and approved by the Texas state legislature — lead to frivolous lawsuits if it’s nothing more than a duplicate of an already established set of federal guidelines?
It seems there’s something more to this bill that a large corporation like Macy’s feared, which prompted them to send a formal letter to Governor Perry urging him to veto it.
Now I’m not a paranoid person by any means, but if a company would go as far as to send a letter to a state governor urging him to veto a bill which protects equal pay for its workers, it seems clear to me that they’re trying to protect their unethical behavior. Otherwise, why send the letter at all? Especially when, according to Macy’s, the bill is simply a duplicate of federal law — even though it’s not. That was nothing more than a shallow excuse that doesn’t measure up to the facts.
It’s just another example of big business protecting their right to discriminate, and a Republican siding with big business over the American worker.
So as this has come to light, I would encourage anyone reading this to boycott Macy’s this holiday season. Let’s send them a message that their attempts to protect their right to discriminate did not go unnoticed.
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