Equal Pay for Equal Work

Yesterday President Obama signs a bill that amends a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 originally signed into law by then President Lyndon Johnson. The new bill calls for equal pay for equal work. The President says “calling pay equity not a women’s issue, but a family issue”.

The equal-pay bill ends a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying employees only had 180 days to file pay-discrimination lawsuits and is expected to make it easier for workers to sue for decades-long discrimination.

In 1998 Lilly Ledbetter filed a lawsuit against her employer Goodyear Tire Rubber Co. in Gadsen, AL after discovering that the men who had the same position as her were making more than her. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of Goodyear with a 5 to 4 vote. They stated that Mrs. Ledbetter waited to long to sue.

Mrs. Ledbetter said, “I was initially humiliated, I felt degraded”.

It’s interesting to me that this wasn’t resolved during the Clinton or Bush Administrations. Obviously there were more important issues to contend with than equality.

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2 thoughts on “Equal Pay for Equal Work

  1. Since when has a Bush or a Clinton ever been sincere about equality?

    Our President is hitting some real home runs right now and this is one of them. Pay discrimination is one of the most insulting types of discrimination as it not only degrades those it’s aimed at, but it gives unscrupulous employers freedom to impose this discrimination on anyone for any reason.

    Because they’re black, White, Female, Male, whatever.
    They can pay you less for doing the same job one of their family is doing as was the case with Aramark at King college when I worked for them.
    Some of us were doing far more work and a had far more highly qualified jobs than the family members of one of the Managers. These family members (nepotism) accounted for 80% of the payroll. Dishwashers were making more than specialists.

    This is a fine job by Barack. Long overdue as you indicated.

  2. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for sharing this post (good news is a good thing). Have to agree wholeheartedly with captainkona’s assertion that President Obama is hitting the mark with this positive message.

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