Celebrate equal pay day on April 21st by contacting your senator and urging them to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007.
- Senator Mike Crapo – Boise office: 334-1776 (fax: 334-9044)
- Senator Larry Craig – Boise office: 342-7985 (fax: 343-2458)
Lilly Ledbetter was an employee at Goodyear for nearly 20 years before she discovered that men in the same job were paid more. The Supreme Court ruled that wage discrimination complaints must be filed within 180 days of the initial discriminatory salary decision, even if the victim is unaware of the discrimination until much later. This 5-4 decision by the Bush Supreme Court reversed decades of precedent un wage discrimination cases decided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
There is a reason that legislation on gender pay equity is needed — and needs to be taken seriously. The woman involved in the case that the Supreme Court decided was a supervisor — the only female supervisor — at a Goodyear plant, where she had worked for 20 years. She learned about the pay disparity issue late in her career — but that did not matter to the majority in this decision.
Bit of background on the Supreme Court’s decision. The SCOTUS decision is here; Justice Ginsberg’s scalding dissent follows the initial decision. Her dissent begins on page 28. Also dissenting were Souter, Stevens, & Breyer. The good ole’ white boyz and their house pet were the majority.
Call your senators immediately to urge them to vote yes on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act! The vote is expected Wednesday, April 23. This toll free number, 866-338-1015, will be available Monday through Wednesday.
The House has already passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to correct the recent Supreme Court decision that guts the ability of women workers to sue for wage discrimination.
Celebrate Equal Pay Day by calling your senators toll-free at 866-338-1015 today!