The Ledbetter ruling was a terrible step backward for women, and for all who care about protecting workers from discrimination. Lilly Ledbetter experienced egregious and long-term wage discrimination. When she filed suit, she won before a jury that considered all the evidence on both sides, but a narrow majority of the Supreme Court applied a distorted reading of the law to give the perpetrator a free pass.
Congress plainly intended the nation’s anti-discrimination laws to protect employees like Lilly Ledbetter from exactly the kind of discrimination she suffered. This bill makes that clear - again - by effectively restoring the law to its pre-Ledbetter state. We thank the bill’s sponsors for recognizing the urgency and championing this important legislation. We urge Congress to move quickly, and President Bush to sign the resulting bill into law without delay."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.