Women’s rights advocates are not letting the issue of equal pay go, rallying at the Supreme Court to push the issue. Led by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) the rally is also to support legislation that would undo much of the damage done to women’s and workers’ rights after the court’s disappointing decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes one year ago. The Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act, which will be introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), would help ordinary Americans stand together to challenge company-wide discriminatory employment practices.
The rally will feature the lead plaintiff in the Wal-Mart case, Betty Dukes; highlight the need for this legislation; and mark the first anniversary of the court’s problematic ruling. The decision prevented the 1.6 million women of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club from taking on America’s largest private employer as a nationwide group in what would have been the largest class-action civil rights lawsuit in history.
“The Supreme Court chose to let the biggest corporation in the world off the hook for gender discrimination,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “We’re not letting them off that easy. We’re going back to the Supreme Court to take a visible stand against a system that denied working women and their families justice and fairness.”
AAUW has been a leader in the fight to close the wage gap in both the public arena and in the courts, a two-pronged strategy necessary to address the egregious nature of the discrimination at hand. “AAUW is so proud to stand with the women of Wal-Mart and to join them in their fight for basic economic security and fairness for the nation’s working women,” said Lisa Maatz, AAUW director of public policy and government relations. “Together with the Paycheck Fairness Act, the equal employment bill introduced this week is a critical step in the ongoing struggle for fair pay.”
Kudos to Sen. Franken and Rep. DeLauro for their commitment to economic security for all working Americans, and thanks the the AAUW for keeping this issue front-and-center in the halls of Congress. Now if we could just get some Republicans to break ranks and join the effort, the middle class of this country could see some real relief.
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