A bitch is a wee bit warmer.
Not warm but not freezing my Afro off anymore.
The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
And with his signature women’s ability to challenge unequal pay has been restored.
Ms. Ledbetter was paid less than her male co-workers for decades. She found out about it through an anonymous note and took her employer, Goodyear, to court. Ledbetter won a $3 million dollar judgment that Goodyear then challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court…who, by one vote, reversed the original judgment saying that an employee only has six months in which to challenge unequal pay.
Never mind that Ledbetter didn’t know that Goodyear was paying her and they sure as shit weren't volunteering that information.
Well, Lilly Ledbetter campaigned for change and she got it. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a tool to discourage other employers from doing as Goodyear did as much as it is a restoration of fairness to the worker’s right to sue due to unequal pay.
But the need for Ledbetter should stand as a reminder to us all that a huge piece of the Bush legacy sits on the United States Supreme Court…a pro-business, anti-worker and anti-equality majority.
As much as I applaud Ledbetter, I am appreciative of the clarification-based reminder that the masses must be protected from the real activist judges.
Go on with your bad self, Lilly Ledbetter...