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April 21, 2008

Senate to Consider Equal Pay Bill

Filed under: Culture,Gender — disciplepete @ 7:08 am

NYT:

Equal pay for equal work will be the catch phrase in the Senate this week.

That’s because lawmakers are scheduled to take on a measure arising out of the case of Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman who lost a wage discrimination suit at the Supreme Court last year.

Under a measure sponsored by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, the court’s ruling that Ms. Ledbetter failed to file a timely challenge to pay practices at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden would effectively be overturned, though Ms. Ledbetter would not benefit directly.

Ms. Ledbetter, who earned thousands of dollars less than male colleagues doing similar supervisory work, was found by the court to have failed to make her claim within 180 days of the company’s pay policy decision. The sponsors of the bill want to clear up that requirement and straighten out what they see as a flawed ruling…

The House passed a similar bill last year soon after the court decision, but its backers have encountered resistance in the Senate and from the Bush administration, which argues it could spark a wave of lawsuits. Some Senate Republicans have reservations about the measure, but they intend to be careful in their opposition to avoid being portrayed as backing pay discrimination. (article)

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