YouTube - Pelosi: "Equal pay is an issue of fundamental fairness"

Posted: 1/11/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

In a vote of 247-171, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which boosts a woman’s ability to bring pay discrimination lawsuits. The bill overrules a Supreme Court decision that workers must file a discrimination claim within 180 days of a pay violation, even though many people don’t learn about the wage disparities for years. In a 256-163 vote, lawmakers also approved the Paycheck Fairness Act, which closes “loopholes that have enabled employers to evade the 1963 law requiring equal pay for equal work.” Watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) floor speech in support of both bills:

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  1. Gran says:


  1. Floyd says:

    This has been a long time coming especially for women gran,Republicans have fought tooth and nail to hold back legislation such as this.

    Just earlier this last year the Republicans killed it in the Senate;

    Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blocked cloture on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because the Republican party's false, obstructionist tactics prevented the vote from going forward in a filibuster in support of corporate discrimination and crime.

    At a time when women are being hit hard -- especially single parent moms trying to earn a living for their families and pay the bills and feed them -- now having to wonder if their bosses can get away with paying them less just because they are female? That is unacceptable. And this doesn't just affect women, the Ledbetter case has been applied to arguments on discriminatory practices across the board, helping corporations end run the fairness protections written into law in the 1960s and beyond. Firedog Lake

  1. Gran says:

    So true, Floyd (as a single parent for may years, I got tired of losing jobs because I might get pregnant).