Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Republicans looking to block expansion of pay discrimination rights

Last year the Supreme Court ruled against Lilly Ledbetter, who filed a pay discrimination suit against Goodyear because they would routinely paying her less than her male colleagues for similar work. SCOTUS rejected the suit since she needed to have filed within 6 months (!) of the first instance of the discrimination (she was underpaid for years, and didn't find out about it until then).

Republicans want to block the bill, apparently because there are a large number of people who are being discriminated against now. Er, wait--maybe because these people would want the court to redress a wrong committed against them. No, that's not it--must be because the court system is overwhelmed that legitimate claims shouldn't burden them further. Hmmm. Doesn't sound right. Anyone want to take a stab at their reasoning?

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