Voinovich among 56 who voted against Fair Pay Act


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.

Failure of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act means it is still nearly impossible to enforce the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that guarantee equal pay for equal work.

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.

Read more about Ledbetter’s struggle. Read an opinion piece about the Senate’s failure in the New York Times.

Get details of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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One Response

  1. I set a Google Alert to notify me when people are blogging about the Ledbetter vs. Goodyear case. While I support legislation, I think that Goodyear still needs to be held accountable and we can do this with a boycott. I started a campaign on thepoint.com and we’re looking to get 10,000+ supporters by Mother’s Day. If we get the 10k+ we will begin the boycott.

    We really really need bloggers to 1) join the campaign and 2) give a shout out and pass the word on to get momentum under this campaign.

    The link to join is here: https://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/goodyear-needs-to-make-good-on-unfair-pay-treatment-towards-women-starting-with-lilly-ledbetter/headquarters
    or you can find info on my blog.

    If you do post anything, please let me know so that I can link to it. Thanks and cheers!

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