Fair Pay is On the Way!

President Obama, thank you for signing into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act 2009! We’re On the Way for Equal Pay!    


Whitehouse: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act 2009. Remarks from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The United States Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009!


Contact your U.S. Senators and encourage them to support and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, the companian bill to the Lilly Ledbetter Act.




From www.now.org, 1/24/09:

Goodyear Tire Gets Away with Pay Discrimination,
But Lilly Ledbetter Wins the Day

January 22, 2009

Tonight the Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by a bipartisan vote of 61 to 36, vindicating Lilly Ledbetter’s long search for redress after 19 years of pay discrimination.

"This is an important first step in our efforts to undo years of backsliding on the right to be paid a fair and equitable wage," said National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy. "The Ledbetter bill will allow redress for workers with the energy and willpower to seek redress in the courts, but we have a long way to go before we have fair pay for women, and laws with real teeth."

While it is too late for her to receive the compensation she deserved from Goodyear and was denied by the Supreme Court, Lilly’s determined quest for equal rights for women in the workplace led to today’s Senate passage of the legislation introduced in her name. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation next week after an expected concurrence from the House.

The Ledbetter Act, which was blocked in the Republican-led Senate last year, will essentially reverse the 2007 Supreme Court decision that required workers to file charges on a pay discrimination claim within six months after receiving their first discriminatory paycheck. The Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, which reversed the jury’s compensation award to Ledbetter, essentially gave employers the go-ahead to discriminate in pay, as long as they weren’t caught in the first six months after the onset of their illegal actions.

Earlier this month the House passed the Ledbetter Act with a companion bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes that allow employers to pay men and women discriminatorily and provides consequences for that discrimination. The Senate today acted only on the Ledbetter Act, so work on passage of the companion bill begins tomorrow.

But tonight NOW salutes Lilly Ledbetter and promises to continue working for passage of fair pay legislation with real teeth, so that her long journey through the courts and the halls of Congress will not have been in vain, and all workers will be able enjoy a fair, safe and equitable workplace where they can do their jobs and support their families.


For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906

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Excerpts from www.momsrising.org, 1/6/09:

Background about this issue: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are important steps to making sure that women are paid what they are worth. These pieces of legislation would make it easier for women to recover lost wages from bosses who discriminate and by requiring the federal government to be more proactive in preventing and battling wage discrimination.  

The Paycheck Fairness Act would improve protections for workers under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by allowing individuals to better fight pay discrimination, strengthening penalties for violation, compelling employers to explain wage gaps, and developing training for women and girls about salary negotiation.

These bills will provide women the tools they need to gain equal pay for equal work. Especially during these tough economic times, women need equal pay for equal work to ensure self-sufficiency and dignity.

A recent study found that pay discrimination costs the average women $434,000 over a forty year period of time.1 

Now, more than ever, women and families need the economic security brought by Fair Pay for equal work.  

P.S. If you haven’t seen the video of Batgirl fighting for fair pay yet, be sure to check it out at: http://www.OutOfTheWayOfFairPay.org

P.P.S.  Innovative win-win solutions to work and family issues are more accessible than most of us realize. This weekend the New York Times highlighted one such innovative opportunity: babies at work! http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/jobs/04babies.html?_r=1    

1.      Lifetime Losses: The Career Wage Gap, http://www2.americanprogressaction.org/o/507/t/1371/content.jsp?content_KEY=2219


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