Lilly Ledbetter Act

Rubio Criticized The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act As “Nothing But An Effort To Help Trial Lawyers Collect Their Fees And File Lawsuits”; Said “Just Because They Call A Piece Of Legislation An Equal Pay Bill Doesn’t Make It So.” According to Talking Points Memo, “On the Sunday talk show circuit, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) criticized the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as nothing more a giveaway to trial lawyers. ‘Just because they call a piece of legislation an equal pay bill doesn’t make it so,’ he said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘In fact, much of this legislation is, in many respects, nothing but an effort to help trial lawyers collect their fees and file lawsuits, which may not contribute at all whatsoever to increasing pay equity in the workplace.’ The 2009 law makes it easier for women to sue their employers if they’re being paid less than men for doing equal work. Rubio said he supports the principle but opposes the Ledbetter legislation as a way of achieving it.” [Talking Points Memo, 10/21/12]

Paycheck Fairness Act

Rubio Attacked Democrats For Holding A Vote On The Paycheck Fairness Act, And Said It Was “About Scoring Political Points.” In an official press release, Rubio said, “Once again, Senate Democrats have wasted the American people’s time by holding yet another show vote that proves any sense of urgency they have is about scoring political points instead of solving the problems that threaten America’s future.” [Official Marco Rubio Press Release, 6/5/12]

Rubio Called Paycheck Fairness Act “Election-Year Politics” That Read Like A “Welfare Plan For Trial Lawyers.” According to Talking Points Memo, “Republicans unanimously filibustered Democratic-led legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between women and men. The measure would beef up protections for women who sue employers for gender-based wage discrimination or discuss pay with their co-workers — and the GOP blocked it just as it did in late 2010 when the Paycheck Fairness Act last came up. […] ‘It’s pure election-year politics,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). ‘This bill reads more to me like some sort of a welfare plan for trial lawyers.’” [Talking Points Memo, 6/5/12]