Fair Pay for Equal Work

Hello, readers. I am really excited to tell you about a law that is changing things for us girls! I went on the internet, and on my home page was a Yahoo! News article about President Obama’s first law signing. I read the article, and here is my summary:
History was made as President Barack Obama signed the first piece of legislation of his presidency. The law is called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The purpose of the act is to not only promote equal pay between men, but also to allow a person to report an incident of unequal pay based on gender after 180 days from the occurrence.
Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after finding out that there was a large difference between the pay she received and the pay of her male coworkers during her 19 year career at the company. Unfortunately, the court ruled 5 to 4 that she missed her time to file a complaint. This new law changes things around. Instead of the original time period, workers now have an additional 180 days after every discriminatory paycheck to file a complaint. Thus, the law nullifies the Supreme Court decision to ban Lilly Ledbetter from filing her complaint against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
This bill also came up during former President Bush’s second term in the White House. Unfortunately, the Republicans in Senate along with the Bush administration blocked the bill from passing. Although it wasn’t passed then, President Obama brought the issue to the forefront of his presidency. He set the tone by signing his first bill on the subject of equal pay, which is ultimately coming from the want for gender equality in all runs of life. President Obama shook Lilly Ledbetter’s hand after signing the bill. Also, he commented, “Equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue.” He also stated that, “And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month’s paycheck to simple and plain discrimination.” It is a really important goal to have because of statistics like the one I found in the article: “Obama cited Census Bureau figures that show women still earn about 78 cents for every dollar men get for doing equivalent jobs, and it’s even less for women of color.” I think it is a great thing that our President not only recognizes the fact that there is a disparity in pay in this country, but also that he wants to do something about it. Thankfully, legislation like this will pave the way for our generation!

Posted by GirlMogul Rose

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