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On 4th Anniversary of Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter Urges Action on Paycheck Fairness


Society & Culture  (tags: women, equality, ethics, family, americans, law, rights, society )

Carrie
- 439 days ago - aflcio.org
Four years ago today President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, with Lilly Ledbetter, who suffered 20 years of pay discrimination while doing the same work as men at her Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. factory, looking on.



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JL A. (269)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:13 pm
Long overdue and not to be forgottn
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:25 am
Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:01 am
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:21 am
good posting, thanks
 

Ro H. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:59 pm
ty
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:14 pm
Noted. Yes, this law needs to be strengthened. The Paycheck Fairness Act didn't make it out of the Senate this past June, even though a majority of senators supported the act. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would increase the minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $9.80 and would protect employees from retaliation if they inquire about pay disparities and permit them to sue for punitive damage if they discover wage disparities between men and women workers. But, it doesn't seem to have much of a chance.
The Healthy Families Act, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro & Sen. Tom Harkin would allow workers up to 7 annual paid sick days for themselves or a family member. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been blocked by the GOP for many months.....it expired a year and a half ago and needs reauthorization.
 

Dianna M. (12)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:57 pm
Yes, J. L. A., as you say: “Long overdue and not to be forgottn"--or forgiven.

Ben Nelson, in a letter on this very subject a couple of years ago, said, "This issue has been on legislators' minds for over 40 years."

Gee, Ben, that's an awful long time to procrastinate. Or is there a different word I should be using?

As for Mike Johanns, in letters to me dated April 24, 2012 and June 15, 2012, he says, "I oppose workplace discrimination against any employee . . . [but] this bill would likely lead to a flood of costly lawsuits." (Does the phrase "lip service" spring to anyone's mind here?) --(Besides mine, I mean.) He says that he opposes "discrimination against any employee"—but, obviously, not if the employer has been so blatantly discriminatory that a lawsuit would be the only way to redress that discrimination. Because all he cares about is protecting the unscrupulous businesses from lawsuits that would reduce their bottom-line profits, and therefore how much they could contribute to his campaign fund?
 

Ginger Geronimo (448)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:27 pm
I'm all for this.
 
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