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Macy’s and Kroger face Lilly Ledbetter Veto fallout

San Antonio Express-News - David Rauf
August 7, 2013

A front-page piece in Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle shedding light on how mega retailers the likes of Macy’s and Kroger lobbied Gov. Rick Perry to put the kibosh on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is resulting in some public fall out for the companies.

On Wednesday, the liberal group Progress Texas started an online boycott of Macy’s and Kroger, asking folks to sign on and refrain from shopping at the stores until they support “equal pay for equal work.”

Citing the Chron’s story, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, followed hours later by announcing that she’s cancelling an appearance at the Macy’s at the Galleria. Garcia was set to kick-off the 2013 the annual Texas sales tax holiday, according to her office.

“While I strongly support the tax free weekend that allows parents struggling to provide clothing and supplies for their children before they return to school, I was dismayed to learn that Macy’s and Kroger would oppose equal pay for equal work,” Gracia said in a statement. “As a co-sponsor of the legislation and supporter of equal rights, I am supporting the call to boycott until these stores reverse their position and declare their support for equal pay.”

In the story, the retail outlets said they opposed the bill because they believed it would produce open-ended litigation, not because they didn’t support equal pay.

Perry vetoed the bill, which sought to prevent pay discrimination against women, back in June and argued that it duplicated federal law.

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