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Thursday, May 31, 2007

It's Men vs. Women in the Workplace

In 1999 Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear, where she worked as a supervisor for nearly two decades. It turns out that during her tenure she was paid 15-40 percent less than her male coworkers who held similar positions there. Perhaps not so surprising is that this week, the Supreme Court ruled in Goodyear's favor. According to the decision, employees must present evidence of a "discrete act of discrimination" that took place not more than 180 days before a suit is filed. (i.e. Ledbetter's evidence was too old.) Dissenter Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:
Initially, you may not know that men are receiving more for substantially similar work. And, under Monday's ruling, by the time a female worker learns it, it will be too late to sue.
If you're suffering from job bias because of your gender--or sexual orientation for that matter--if you don't take action now, it may be too late.

4 Comments:

  • just got hip to this interview with Justice Ginsburg where she touches on this decision and others on Feministing;s blog..thanks for sharing ladies

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/31/washington/31scotus.html?_r=2&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1180627894-SDa011omK+Uh2IEtQv+6yw&pagewanted=print

    By Blogger Anna Rose, at Thu May 31, 01:30:00 PM PDT  

  • Wow...I can't believe the favoring in this notion.

    I can't believe the way things are going in the world of corporate business in regards to discrimination.

    By Anonymous sir jorge, at Thu May 31, 04:12:00 PM PDT  

  • Until women stop using their children and "that time of the month" to relieve themselves from work, while MEN WORK OVERTIME TO PICK UP THE SLACK, women need to stop whining about unequal pay. Women receive maternity leave. How many men are granted long periods of time off and allowed to return to their position? Women need to be appreciative to have a position in the first place. If the pay was equal, then it would be men who would be discriminated against.

    By Blogger e1, at Sun Jun 10, 11:30:00 AM PDT  

  • To e1,
    You have some nerve. Women don't use their children or "that time of month to relieve" themself from work, or for the "men" to pick uo the slack. First of all, since women do 99% of the all household and family duties, not only are we doing the things that we are suppose to do, but we are picking up the slack of the men, who are too tired, too lazy, or just to occupied with other things (ie. computers, TV, etc) to help with the house or kids. Second of all, some women go through a lot of pain during "that time of month" and can barely stand let alone work (something you probably would never understand), it is not something most of us use to get out work. You need to get a grip and put your feet in the shoes of a working mother that has 2 full time jobs!!!

    By Anonymous PO, at Thu Aug 23, 01:12:00 PM PDT  

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