Louisiana’s Republican delegation votes against women’s legal right to fight for equal pay

January 14, 2009

One of the most compelling speakers at the 2008 Democratic National Convention was Lilly Ledbetter, the former Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company worker who had discovered that she was earning less than her male counterparts at Goodyear for equal work. In Denver, Ledbetter recounted her decade-long fight for restitution and equal pay for female workers everywhere. Her case eventually made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against Ledbetter and her claim since she didn’t file it within 180 days of Goodyear setting her pay scale. (Which, of course, would have been impossible for Ledbetter, since she didn’t find out about the pay discrepancy at Goodyear for years.)

But the fight continues with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It passed the U.S. House by a 247 to 171 margin – with no thanks to the Louisiana Republican delegation. As the Daily Kingfish notes, Republican Congressmen Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise, and Rodney Alexander, as well as freshmen Republican Congressmen Bill Cassidy, John Fleming and Joseph Cao, all voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why is it that Louisiana Republicans don’t believe women should have the legal right to fight for equal pay – especially when they have documented evidence of pay discrimination?

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