Trabajo: Is and End to Gender-based Pay Discrimination in the U.S. in Sight?

Añada Su Comentario >

Todas las Discusiónes

Jewel Forster
Jewel Forster
Estados Unidos

Is and End to Gender-based Pay Discrimination in the U.S. in Sight?

This is from CNN: “A bill aimed at stamping out gender-based pay discrimination in the workplace cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Thursday,” Jan. 15, 2009.

“The Senate voted 72-23 to limit debate on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The bill has been passed by the House”and is expected to get through the Senate, and Obama has voiced support as well.

“The bill would put in place a six-month statute of limitations for women to sue their employer over pay discrimination. The six months begin with the date of the last pay check….Named after Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama employee with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) who, after nearly 20 years, discovered her employer was paying higher salaries to her male colleagues.”

The bill, along with other legislation that would stiffen penalties for employers engaging in gender-based discrimination and provide protection to employees who share salary information with colleagues, has been a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.

Are we truly entering an era where women will be paid equally to men? Woo-hoo!

Is it enough?

Thanks for this update Jewel. The bill seems like a long-over due achievement in the arena of pay equity. I hope this sparks a series of law suits for women who have been undervalued in the workplace.

But I wonder if the barriers to higher paid positions are still the big hurdle to be surpassed. Female and Male CEOs may make the same amount but does it matter if there is only one female to every 50 male CEOs? Meanwhile there are about 50 female nannies to about every 1 male nanny.

We may be approaching pay equity within professions. But across professions, women hold the lower paying jobs hands down. More work to be done!

p.s. I'd like to know the 23 who voted it down!

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

This belongs to this thread.
YAY! :)

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed an equal-pay bill into law Thursday before cheering labor and women leaders who fought hard for it and the woman whose history-making lawsuit gave impetus to the cause.

Obama, choosing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as the first bill to sign as president, called it a "wonderful day" and declared that ending pay disparities between men and woman an issue not just for women, but for all workers.

With Ledbetter standing by his side, Obama said she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits that she "still feels today." He then signed the measure that effectively nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision and makes it easier for workers to sue for discrimination by allowing them more time to do so.


Anahi DeCanio
Anahi DeCanio
Estados Unidos

Its only a beginning...

I am an ex Wall Streeter and part of the infamous gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit known as "the boom boom room"

Even though the laws are clear, the system laden with roadblocks and loopholes to let corporate America circumvent justice. I know - I'm waiting 13 years for equality and fairness!

All I have to say will not fit in this limited space. Empty promises are made over and over again where the "masters of the universe" follow their road of choice using intimidation through strong arm tactics or appeasing women with settlements of pennies for every dollar the women were owed. Its not enough to have the laws on the books when corporate America prefers to use their tax payer funded top gun law firms to circumvent justice instead.

We need to be vigilant and speak up to make sure they are enforced. The Sunday New York Times of February 8, 2009 has an article on page 12 of - Week in Review - entitled "Mistresses of the Universe" written by Nicholas Kristoff. The author validates what Women on Wall have known for years and likens banking boardrooms and staff meetings as "urologists' waiting rooms".

He jokes about Lehman's better odds for survival if it had been called Lehman Sisters or at the very least Lehman Brothers and Sisters. He refers to a report by The Journal of Economic Theory which summarized that there is a strong concensus that diverse groups perform better at problem solving.

Considering that the international banking system at the hands of mostly men has put the entire welfare of the world in peril I urge all of us to not let the passing of this bill be just a symbolic act.

If you'd like to read more about the inner workings of gender discrimination and sexual harrassment on Wall Street, I'd like to suggest you read Tales From the Boom Boom Room by journalist and author Susan Antilla.

Susmita Barua
Susmita Barua
Estados Unidos

Change the system to make it inclusive

I am not surprised since the whole banking fianacial system is a legacy of patriarchal colonial domination paradigm. May be it is time for conscious women and men to get together and change the system.

Search for my blog with article on "Deep Conscious Capitalism"

More About Lilly Ledbetter

Thank you for all of your comments. Here is an article in Women's Enews to learn more about Lilly Ledbetter.

Anahi DeCanio
Anahi DeCanio
Estados Unidos

Discrimination Against Women Continues on Wall Street.

Etiquetas: boom boom room, Wall street, sexual harrasment, gender discrimination lawsuits, Wall Street gender lawsuits, Citi, citigroup, Orrick, Susan Antilla, Tales from the Boom Room, Pam Martens, Smith Barney

Iniciar sesión