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Equal Pay – It’s the Law

equalpayToday President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter equal-pay legislation, allowing women greater opportunity to sue in cases of salary discrimination. As I understand it, under old law, a woman had just 180 days to file a suit from the time the discrimination began; that is, when the employer first began paying the woman less. But the new bill, restarts the six-month clock every time the worker receives a paycheck.

From the LA Times:

Lilly Ledbetter, now 70, discovered late in her career that the male supervisors at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant where she worked in Alabama were making 40% more for doing the same work. Though a jury found the company liable, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, found that she could only recover for the first 180 days of the disparity.

Today, with Ledbetter looking on, Obama signed a bill that essentially overturned the Supreme Court decision by allowing workers who have experienced discrimination to recover for longer periods of time.

Almost a year ago, then-presidential candidate John McCain chose to miss the vote on this legislation, saying Read the rest of this entry »

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