David Vitter votes against women’s legal right to equal pay

January 23, 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the Senate last night – despite Louisiana Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter’s vote against it.

“David Vitter needs to explain to the women of Louisiana why he doesn’t think they deserve the right to fight for equal pay,” says Britton Loftin, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Why does he want to make it harder for women who are victims of wage discrimination?”

The legislation is named after 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. 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 her fight for the rights of women across Louisiana and America continues with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It passed the U.S. House last week – with no thanks to Louisiana Republican Congressmen Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise, Rodney Alexander, Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming, who also voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“Even when women have documented evidence of pay discrimination, David Vitter and his Louisiana Republican colleagues don’t support them,” says Loftin. “It’s unconscionable.”

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