Six Senate Republicans deserve a vote of thanks. They broke ranks with their party to join Democrats in supporting the Fair Pay Act last week. Ohio Senator George Voinovich was not among them.
He was one of 56 senators who voted against the legislation on April 23. Send him an e-mail to tell him what you think of his vote.
Of the three presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supported the act. Republican John McCain was not present for the vote, but said he would have voted against it if he had been. While you’re at it, give him a piece of your mind, too.
We have the Supreme Court to thank for that. Last year, in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear, the court ruled that complaints of pay discrimination must be filed within 180 days of the first discriminatory paycheck.
And since it usually takes someone longer than six months to discover pay inequity, the court’s ruling penalizes employees who aren’t paid fairly, while rewarding employers for keeping pay data hidden.
The Fair Pay Act would restart the 180-day clock with each discriminatory paycheck.
Get details of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.