Is and End to Gender-based Pay Discrimination in the U.S. in Sight?
This is from CNN: “A bill aimed at stamping out gender-based pay discrimination in the workplace cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Thursday,” Jan. 15, 2009.
“The Senate voted 72-23 to limit debate on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The bill has been passed by the House”and is expected to get through the Senate, and Obama has voiced support as well.
“The bill would put in place a six-month statute of limitations for women to sue their employer over pay discrimination. The six months begin with the date of the last pay check….Named after Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama employee with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) who, after nearly 20 years, discovered her employer was paying higher salaries to her male colleagues.”
The bill, along with other legislation that would stiffen penalties for employers engaging in gender-based discrimination and provide protection to employees who share salary information with colleagues, has been a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.
Are we truly entering an era where women will be paid equally to men? Woo-hoo!