Davis touts equal pay legislation in Borderland campaign stop

Davis touts equal pay legislation in Borderland campaign stop
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:47pm

Democratic candidate Wendy Davis made a stop in the Borderland Wednesday to talk about her legislation targeting pay gaps between men and women.

In her speech at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., the Fort Worth-area attorney told the crowd women in Texas are making $.79 for every dollar men make, while Hispanic women only make $.45 to the dollar.

She made claims, citing a San Antonio newspaper report, that her opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is just as guilty of non-equal pay.

"Women with the same title doing the same work as male assistant attorney generals earn $6,000 less. And that's just not right," she said.

NewsChannel 9 contacted Abbott's campaign, whose rep referred reporters to an article in the Texas Tribune, where the Attorney General's Office spokesperson said their assistant attorney generals' pay is determined by experience and time at the agency.

The Abbott campaign also suggested Davis was practicing 'equal pay hypocrisy' for her work representing the Tarrant Regional Water District accused of gender pay discrimination.

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