Thursday, April 24, 2008

Video: Barack Obama on his Support for Equal Pay


Video: Obama on his Support for Equal Pay

by Sam Graham-Felsen, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 07:39 AM

Here's video from Obama's visit to New Albany, Indiana, where he addressed discrimination in the work place and his support for pay equality...

Later that day, Obama voted for a bill that would make it easier for women who allege pay discrimination to sue their employers. The Washington Post writes...

At issue is the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Lilly Ledbetter, who for 19 years was the lone female supervisor at an Alabama tire plant. Months before she retired in 1998, Ledbetter learned that she was being paid thousands of dollars less than her male co-workers. She filed suit and was awarded more than $3 million by a jury. Last May, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that Ledbetter had waited too long to file her case. The court said she should have complained within 180 days of a specific discriminatory event.

The ruling stunned civil rights advocates, who said federal courts in nine of the nation's 12 circuits had for decades judged that the 180-day statute of limitations began running afresh with each discriminatory paycheck. Their congressional supporters quickly drafted legislation to set that standard into law. Under the bill, the 180-day clock would start ticking when a discriminatory decision is adopted, when a person becomes subject to that decision or when a person is affected by that decision, including with each new paycheck.

Today, Obama was featured on the front page of The Hill in a photo with Lilly Ledbetter...

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