Posts Tagged women

Don’t cut services for people

…cut services for women instead.

It is hard for me to understand how you can be female and republican. It makes as much sense as being gay and republican, or even vaguely ethnic and republican. So very much of what the republican party does is aimed right at telling women that they should shut-up, go back to the kitchen, and maybe make the GOP a sandwich, that I really get the feeling you would have to hate yourself, a lot, to be female and republican.

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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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