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    Obama signs equal-pay bill

    Obama signs equal-pay bill - Yahoo! News

    Obama, choosing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as the first bill to sign as president, called it a "wonderful day" and declared that ending pay disparities between men and woman an issue not just for women, but for all workers.

    With Ledbetter standing by his side, Obama said she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits losses that she "still feels today." He then signed the measure that effectively nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision and makes it easier for workers to sue for discrimination by allowing them more time to do so.

    "Making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone," Obama said. "That there are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and that it's not just unfair and illegal but bad for business to pay someone less because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability."

    Ledbetter said she didn't become aware of the large discrepancy in her pay until she neared the end of her 19-year career at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Ala, and she filed a lawsuit. But the high court held in a 5-4 decision that she missed her chance to bring the action.
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    how foolish of Obama to think he could simply legislate away pay disparities.


    How does one prove that one is being paid less based on "gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability when one is recieving poor performance reprorts ala ledbetter?
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    To clarify, absolutely nothing about this is an "equal-pay bill." It's an "extension of statute of limitations so you can file more wage discrimination suits bill."

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I've got to say I'm pleased with the way this happened (court declined to extend the law, legislature changed the law), but it shouldn't be construed as more than it is.
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    To clarify, absolutely nothing about this is an "equal-pay bill." It's an "extension of statute of limitations so you can file more wage discrimination suits bill."

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I've got to say I'm pleased with the way this happened (court declined to extend the law, legislature changed the law), but it shouldn't be construed as more than it is.



    Ah, thanks, this makes more sense. I read the case and agree with the legislative change.


    Hautey's take on it is nonsensesical pandering for bait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    Ah, thanks, this makes more sense. I read the case and agree with the legislative change.


    Hautey's take on it is nonsensesical pandering for bait.
    If it was Hatuey's take, it wouldn't bother me so much. It's the fact that that was the AP's take that concerns me.
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    If it was Hatuey's take, it wouldn't bother me so much. It's the fact that that was the AP's take that concerns me.


    Good point......
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Obama signs equal-pay bill - Yahoo! News



    .....I expect somebody on this forum to have some sort of grudge against this....
    Wow...lawyer stimulus package.
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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    I'm generally against this type of measure, but this bill fixes one of the more ridiculous problems with discrimination litigation, if only in the realm of wages. Currently one would have to sue within 180 days of being discriminated against, regardless of whether or not they know about it at the time. The Goodyear case is one example, where because Lilly discovered that she was being discriminated against more than three months after starting work, she was unable to address the situation. Another that I heard of recently involves a disabled man who sued his landlord because his apartment building violated accessibility laws. The courts ruled that he was only able to sue within 180 days of the offending building being build - nearly ten years before he moved in. The effects of the rule clearly change the laws in a way that invalidates its intentions. The new law restores the old law to its originally intended functionality, it doesn't expand the scope and try to fix problems for whom the cure is worse than the disease.

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    Re: Obama signs equal-pay bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Wow...lawyer stimulus package.
    In all seriousness, I should really be thanking Obama. He's doing his damndest to ensure that I'll have plenty of work defending large corporations and white-collar criminals.
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    It makes no sense to me how a person could work for years and receive compensation and then suddenly decide they aren't getting paid enough. Why not quit years ago?
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