Group removes pay equity graphic deemed offensive by some
MADISON, Wis. — A graphic showing a protester calling for pay equity that was used as a fundraising plea by the state chamber of commerce has been removed from its website after Democratic lawmakers and others complained it was offensive.
The image was no longer on the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce website as of Wednesday. WMC spokesman Jim Pugh, when asked whether the image had been removed, said he had another call and hung up.
The graphic said, “Anti-business voices are loud and clear” next to the image of a woman holding a “Pay Equity NOW!” sign.
WMC’s lobbyist Scott Manley says the image was meant to invoke the group’s opposition to a law making it easier for wage discrimination claims to be filed.
Critics said it indicated WMC was against equal pay.