Getting political momma style -- from Mom's Rising -- a group that supports issues that relate to mom's but also women in the workplace overall --
I heard about the ruling and thought it didn't make any sense...how many of us can even find out what our co-workers make --
sure there are some places that publish it (like when I was a teacher - it was published in the town report w/my name & salary -- but that was 1 a year - and if there was a problem & I should do it w/in 180 days, how could I find out?) but most of time, in my experience, it isn't until you've been working some place a while before you can chat about salaries w/your co-workers -- you need to have a comfort & trust level built up before you can ask or discuss things like that. Mostly likely -- that's a talk that would happen after the 180 day window. Plus if I thought someone was wrongly earning more than me -- what are the chances we would be good buddies anyway?
And let's not forget -- that most of the time -- when you first work at a place -- the first 3-6 months are a probationary time - when they can let you go if you don't do good work, preform at a needed level, etc -- and I would guess that filing a complaint like that in the 1st months, isn't going to get you a gold star at that job.
Well -- if you think that men & women deserve equal pay for equal work -- sign the petition below.
The Supreme Court just delivered a huge blow to the fight for equal pay for equal work. It told Lilly Ledbetter, a 60-year old "fiery mother of two," that even though, for years, she was paid between 15% and 40% less than her male counterparts on the management team (a fact she learned late in her 19 year career), she could not make a claim of workplace discrimination. Why couldn't she make a claim? Lily Ledbetter learned about the pay discrepancies too late. The court ruled that claims must be made within 180 days after the pay is set. But how many of us know what our co-workers make? In fact, it's illegal to ask in many states.
Justice Ruth Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion for the 5-to-4 decision, and in it she asked Congress to overturn the ruling and clarify the intent of the law. Several Congressional leaders are already stepping forward to counter this outrage by drafting new fair-minded legislation. Let's get behind them so they can pass this legislation immediately.
SIGN THE PETITION & PASS IT ON: Tell Congress, "We Need Equal Pay for Equal Work--it is good law, make it enforceable!"