President Obama just signed this morning the bill that protects
everyone from pay discrimination. A BIG step for WOMEN and minorities!
History has been made today.
The following information is from the White House Blog:
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will restore the law to where it
was before the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire
& Rubber Co. Justice Ginsberg's dissent summarizes the facts of Ledbetter's complaint:
Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant
in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. For most
of those years, she worked as an area manager, a position largely
occupied by men. Initially, Ledbetter’s salary was in line with the
salaries of men performing substantially similar work. Over time,
however, her pay slipped in comparison to the pay of male area managers
with equal or less seniority. By the end of 1997, Ledbetter was the
only woman working as an area manager and the pay discrepancy between
Ledbetter and her 15 male counterparts was stark: Ledbetter was paid
$3,727 per month; the lowest paid male area manager received $4,286 per
month, the highest paid, $5,236.
The Court ruled that employees subject to pay discrimination like
Lilly Ledbetter must file a claim within 180 days of the employer's
original decision to pay them less -- even if the employee continued to
receive reduced paychecks and even if the employee did not discover the
discriminatory reduction in pay until much later (check out Justice Alito's arguments in the Court's opinion). Restoring these rules means that complaints can be filed 180 days after any discriminatory paycheck.