Equal pay, minimum wage bills die in LA House committee

March 29, 2018 - 5:59 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana lawmakers have voted to keep the state minimum wage as low as possible under federal law and spurned a proposal to make state contractors pay men and women equally.

The House labor committee Thursday first killed a bill forcing companies with state contracts to pay male and female employees doing similar jobs the same amount.

It then voted down a measure that would establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

New Orleans Rep. Joe Bouie sponsored both bills. He says Louisiana is endorsing discrimination by not mandating equal pay from state contractors. He also said the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is insufficient.

Opponents say most employers can't pay $15 and existing laws already ensure equal pay.

The Senate rejected similar proposals Tuesday.

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