The harmful U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear will now become an ugly footnote in our history books, and a memory of a painful time when our highest court failed to uphold workers’ fundamental rights and lawmakers failed to right a terrible wrong.
The bill President Obama is signing today is a modest and targeted response to a ruling that made it just about impossible for victims of pay discrimination to seek justice in the courts, no matter how severe the discrimination they faced.
We now enter a new era in which equal opportunity is real and anti-discrimination laws matter. In this struggling economy, workers need protection from discrimination more than ever. Equal pay for equal work is among one of our country’s most fundamental values. We applaud President Obama for taking this essential step for fair pay in America.”
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.