Sullivan Calls on Romney, Ovide, Smith to Say Whether They Support Equal Pay for Equal Work
CONCORD - With the New Hampshire Republican Party coming out in opposition to the Fair Pay Act, New Hampshire Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan today called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith to say whether they support laws requiring equal pay for equal work.
"Women deserve an equal day's pay for an equal day's work. In 2012, that shouldn't be a question. Unfortunately, Republican candidates refuse to say whether they support protecting that right," said Kathy Sullivan, New Hampshire Democratic National Committeewoman. "Mitt Romney, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith need to tell us whether they support laws aimed at guaranteeing fair pay, or whether they join the New Hampshire Republican Party in opposing them."
On Tuesday - Equal Pay Day - Tory Mazzola, executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, attacked the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Mazzola said "instead of being about fair pay, it is really about a handout to trial lawyers because it expands the areas that people can sue their employers unnecessarily." http://youtu.be/ICqJkjyJQ_0
"Standing up for equal pay for women is unnecessary? What are they thinking ? Do Romney, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith share that belief?" Sullivan asked.
New Hampshire has its own Equal Pay Act, signed into law by former Governor Jeanne Shaheen in 2000.
"Would Ovide Lamontagne or Kevin Smith support repealing New Hampshire's Equal Pay Act? Do they support the federal Fair Pay Act?" Sullivan asked.
Romney has refused to say whether he would have signed the Ledbetter act, only saying he is not going to change current pay equity laws, suggesting he opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act.