Friday, June 1, 2007
Update (6/5): From a press release from Senator Clinton from May 30th:
Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) today announced that they will introduce legislation next week to ensure that workers are able to enforce their legal right to equal pay. The bill will remove a technical hurdle created by yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company that will make it far more difficult for women and others to receive equal pay for equal work. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), George Miller (D-CA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that they will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
OK, tongue firmly in cheek, but after I wrote a couple of days ago that the decision in the Ledbetter pay discrimination case should be legislatively nullified, members of Congress made the following comments:
From Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling makes it more difficult for workers to stand up for their basic civil rights in the workplace. A worker undergoing sex, race, or other discrimination in pay is discriminated against with each and every discriminatory paycheck, not just when the company set the worker’s pay. Yet, according to the Supreme Court, if a worker does not file within 180 days of the employer’s decision to set her pay unlawfully, she has to live with that discrimination paycheck after paycheck. This ruling will force Congress to clarify the law’s intention that the ongoing effects of discriminatory decisions are just as unacceptable as the decisions themselves.”
And from Hillary Clinton:
"All Americans deserve equal pay for equal work, and it is my hope that Congress can remove the technical hurdles that will prevent individuals from receiving what is rightfully theirs."
But it still unlikely that there will be any movement until either a Senate filibuster can be overcome and/or there is a different President.
Hat Tip: Carolyn Shapiro and Hank Leland