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"The Trial Lawyer Paycheck Act"

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The Wall Street Journal correctly notes that the main beneficiary of the so-called "Paycheck Fairness Act" will be lawyers; the law creates liability even in the absence of discriminatory intent, and makes it more expensive to hire workers.

The Journal focuses on the unfairness to employers, but the largest effects of the bill, if passed, will be felt by employees. It's very much a wealth transfer from regular employees to the 1% who are in the trial bar: wages will go down to reflect the fact that the litigation expense per employee is going up. Earlier on POL.

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Rafael Mangual
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