Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by sponsor Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), have introduced proposed legislation on July 30 to make violation of the NLRA a civil rights violation. Under the proposed "Employee Empowerment Act," remedies for NLRA violations would be consistent with those available under Title VII and some of the other federal anti-discrimination laws. Section 10 of the NLRA would be amended to allow workers to sue in federal court after the NLRB has an unfair labor practice charge for 180 days. Plaintiffs could recover compensatory damages (for example, emotional distress), punitive damages, and attorneys' fees and costs. According to proponents of the legislation, remedies for violating the NLRA are weak, and unlike Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, no forceful penalties for violations exist. The good news for employers is that, with the current makeup of Congress and the outlook for the 2014 elections, this legislation is not likely to go anywhere.