Dick Durbin

No more feeling helpless when you find out that your former male coworker made several thousand more than you for the same job.


President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay bill this morning. I nearly cried when I saw this image on my computer streaming live. That’s Ms. Ledbetter standing behind the President and next to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Lily Ledbetter lost her case in 2006 in the Supreme Court, who ruled that she needed to have sued Goodyear Tire within 180 days of the first instance of pay inequality.

The problem was that the first instance of pay inequality happened in the LATE 70’S!! Seriously, do you know at this moment what the guy sitting next to you at work makes? And would you ask?

But I bet you’d ask several years after leaving the job, when you’re sitting in a bar with former coworkers kvetching about how much your old job sucked.

This bill today removed that 180 day limitation. So even if you found out several decades later, you can still sue.


The only sad part about today is that Lily Ledbetter didn’t get some kind of reparation. Because think about it–since she earned less than her male coworkers, she received less 401K matching and her pension is less. She may also have been unable to save as much in other areas in her life.

Unfair. And as a woman who also found out about pay inequality after the fact, I applaud this.

Now we just need promotion equality. Don’t promote the guy with the loudest voice in the room, or your drinking buddy. Promote the person who really worked hard and made significant contributions, but perhaps just didn’t walk around the office swinging their balls everywhere.

Ahem. Nerve hit.

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Team Dick Durbin

by Michelle P. on January 26, 2009 · 0 comments

Do you know who this person is?

She’s Lily Ledbetter, the woman who sued Goodyear for not paying her a salary equal to men who had the same job. This pay inequality happened over a period of decades.

She lost her case in 2006. The Supreme Court ruled that she should have filed her lawsuit as soon as the pay equality was established, which was several decades ago. That would have allowed her manager and other parties to be brought to court. Unfortunately, many of those involved parties are now deceased.

Senators, including Senator Dick Durbin from IL, are against this time limit. Because jeez–she _just_ found out. For example, do you know what the person sitting next to you at work makes? But I bet you somehow found out several years after you left that job.

I hope a YouTube video comes out soon of Senator Durbin explaining his position on this case. Because it’s the clearest, most articulate explanation of anything that I’ve heard coming from the senate floor.

Google this case. And send Senator Durbin your support. Keep at it Dick!

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