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Mo. lawmaker proposes bill to allow women to recover underpaid wages

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Missouri lawmakers are working to fix a wage gap for men and women in the state.

While Missouri law already requires equal pay for equal work, officials with the Women’s Foundation say a 2014 report shows that women were paid 71 cents for every dollar a man makes in the state.

Affton Senator Scott Sifton introduced the bill that would allow the recovery of underpaid wages based on gender discrimination. Opponents of the bill claim it would only lead to a flood of lawsuits against employers.

At least five Missouri lawmakers have proposed similar legislation this session.

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