Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Take Action - Support the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Lily Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and won. She proved to a jury that the company discriminated against her based on her sex by paying her less than her male colleagues. On May 29th the Supreme Court ruled against her. Why?
They said that since she did not raise a claim within 180 days of her last discriminatory raise, rather than – as the EEOC had previously been interpreting the law – from the day she received her last discriminatory paycheck, she was unable to challenge any discrimination against her, even thought the discrimination continued unabated for years.
This presents a problem. Employees generally don't know enough about what their co-workers earn or how pay decisions are made to file a complaint within six-months of when a discriminatory pay decision is made. The only recourse now is legislation.
Read about the pending legislation and send a 'Two Minute Activist' message to your elected representatives.