I wanted to write about this days ago when the supreme court decision came down, but in a way I was just too depressed.
In case you didn't know-- The Supreme Court ruled against a Goodyear employee, Lily Ledbetter who earned thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts (she was making $45,000 a year, $6,500 less than the lowest-paid male supervisor).
Big shocker. The Justices who voted against this woman were: Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. AKA: Huge male, conservative-type buttholes.
Our ONE woman justice, Ruth Ginsburg said in court Tuesday:
“In our view, this court does not comprehend, or is indifferent to, the insidious way in which women can be victims of pay discrimination.”
Ginsburg also points out the impossible fate this woman faced. She coudl sue early and probably lose, or wait until the evidence is strong enough to win and be told she sued too late.
Debra Friedman, a lawyer with the Cozen O’Connor law firm who represents management, said Ginsburg put her finger on a problem for women and others who are covered by civil rights law. “Pay discrimination is difficult at times to discover until it’s too late,”
An example perfectly illustrated by this case! Because Lily Ledbetter’s pay started out comparable to what men were earning but slipped over time.
The decision “reveals a lack of appreciation for the real-world challenges that women have to face every day in the workplace,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “If employers can keep the discrimination hidden for a period of time, they can continue to discriminate without being held accountable.”
Seriously though, read Dakota Women's take on it. It made my day.