Friday, January 30, 2009

Yesterday Was a Wonderful Day

I just say this post up at the White House Blog. This is great news for everyone!

Lilly Ledbetter did not set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job -- and she did it well -- for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the very same work. Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits -- losses that she still feels today.

Basically, Lily found out she was underpaid after working at Goodyear for about 20 years. She sued under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but she lost since the court said that the act of discrimination occurred during her first promotion, not in each subsequent paycheck. Since she didn't find out until after she had been working there for about 20 years, the statue of limitation had passed. I'm really happy that Obama and Pelosi are doing something about this!