Friday

Fair Pay Now Law

I sat in traffic, incredulous and angry, as news of the Court's decision was broadcast. It was 2007, and in the case of Ledbetter vs. Goodyear, the Supreme Court upheld that a person had only 180 days from his or her hire date to allege pay discrimination. I couldn't believe that the Court was essentially protecting employers' right to discriminate in salaries, so long as they kept it under wraps for six months! In what decade and country were we living?

It's not as if salaries are printed under office name plates. It may take years to figure out that pay discrimination happening, but it does happen everyday to women and especially to mothers in the workforce. It's not just because women may take time off to raise kids or are more likely to work part-time or in a lower-wage field; studies reveal a gender pay gap exists between women and men in identical jobs with identical education and experience. The pay gap is visible even among men and women right out of college for whom family is not a factor.

But the times they are a-changin': Congress passed and on Thursday President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, reversing the Court's 2007 decision. It is victory for women's rights and employment justice.

Find out more about the Act and other political issues affecting women, moms, and families at the advocacy organization, MomsRising.

5 comments:

Laur D. said...

amen sista! amen.

Debbie said...

That is wonderful news and I totally did not hear about it!

Laur D. said...

hey thanks for the compliment. :-D i didn't user flickr mosaic i actually used paint shop pro 7. i used to be really into web design in high school and actually was hosted on random web domains. so it's something i just have always fooled around with. i got psp7 for x-mas one year.

by the way. would you mind giving me your recipe for spicy soup (the one you said you use pumpkin for), i think that sounds really yummy! :-D

Hannah said...

I hadn't heard about this recent news...how great!

Haasiegirl said...

hhmm, interesting! i hadnt heard, thankyou for sharing.

trisha
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