Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Support the Fair Pay Restoration Act

We've been tracking the Fair Pay Restoration Act since the Supreme Court ruled against Ledbetter last May.

Next week, the Senate Committee holds its hearings on the bill. (The House passed it in July.)

Take two minutes to thank Senators Clinton and Schumer for sponsoring this bill. Fewer than a third of the senators have committed themselves as co-sponsors, so our senators need our support and appreciation.

"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case in May severely limited the ability of victims of pay discrimination to sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Fair Pay Restoration Act restores the law to how it was previously applied to be consistent with Congress' intent and the Court's own precedents. The bill would also apply to all claims of discrimination in compensation. Thanks to the hard work of AAUW members and other coalition partners, the House passed its companion bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831), in July."
To send your thanks just click on this link:

American Association of University Women - Two Minute Activist


  1. You say support the bill, but you don't explain what the bill does that we should support.
    Has it occurred to anyone that women get paid less because they are less aggressive in their salary demands? The "Glass Ceiling" may be self inflicted. Is it the government's job to protect people from their own self esteem?

  2. Tripehound,
    Sorry the links in this template aren't clearer. The AAUW Action link below the quote takes you to the site that explains the bill in more detail. But in a nutshell, the legislation starts the clock (for filing a pay discrimination case) at the point that the person discovers the discrimination rather than, as the Supreme Court ruled, when the discrimination began.

    As the quote says, the bill "restores the law to how it was previously applied to be consistent with Congress' intent....' It doesn't deal with what is pay discrimination.

    Regarding your other comments, let's forget the glass ceiling. Think about the research that shows that just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues earn, even when they work in the same field. Hmmm... I don't think it's lack of aggression.