State Leaders Join Progress Texas in Boycotting Macy’s

Macy’s still unclear, misled about why Texas equal pay law is needed
August 8, 2013

(TEXAS) – State Representative Senfronia Thompson – the author of Texas’ Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – and State Senator Sylvia Garcia are joining the boycott of Macy’s and other stores. Both officials also cancelled appearances at Macy’s events on Wednesday when they learned Macy’s urged Governor Perry to veto the law.

“During this weekend’s back to school sale, consumers should boycott Macy’s and other stores and take their business elsewhere,” said Ed Espinoza, Executive Director of Progress Texas. “There’s an easy way for Macy’s to end this boycott – admit they have bad information and their name should not have been on the letter.”

Macy’s released a statement on Thursday that said they “believe” existing state laws are sufficient – which means they are operating on bad information. As Progress Texas has said in all communications, existing state laws are not sufficient – as both the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court have said.

Added Espinoza: “Macy’s has been misled about why the state law is needed, and they cannot point out which existing state laws offer the protections because Texas’ equal pay bill was that law. That’s why Macy’s and these stores are wrong when they say existing laws are enough.”

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