President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair-pay Act today--to help ensure women receive the same pay as men for the same work, by allowing extra time for a woman to sue her employer for wage discrimination. Oh, happy day!
Ellen Bravo, of the Miami Herald, claims women in the
Lilly Ledbetter, the woman for whom the new law is named, worked for Goodyear Tires for 19 years as a supervisor. She did not find out about the huge wage discrepancy for the men who held the same level at her company until she was close to retirement. Her case made it to the Supreme Court, which promptly threw it out, saying she should have filed when the she first started working for Goodyear (long before she knew about the discrimination). Decisions like that displace the thorny issue of fairness and embed in a distraction like timing. I thought the Supreme Court’s raison d’être was thorny issues, not smokescreens.
Today, there is some justice and cause for women in this country to smile. Another beautiful thing from Obama’s administration. I'm going to be counting them and look forward to many more.