Kia Franklin

Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental American principle!

Lilly Ledbetter just delivered a fiery speech that made the case for access to the courts the way no lawyer ever could, as the roaring DNC crowd confirms. In the interest of timeliness here are my scattered notes, with a more coherent reflection to come. (And here's my prior post on her DNC appearance)

Mrs. Ledbetter started off by noting how appropriate it was that she was speaking about her fight for gender equality on today, the 88th anniversary of the certified ratification of the 19th Amendment. She also noted how unfortunate it was that this fight for equality is so far from over.

Then she shared a bit of her story. Mrs. Ledbetter broke the gender barrier as the first female supervisor in her section at Goodyear, and broke her back to provide for her family despite being paid unequally, because of her gender, for years as a loyal employee there. She said, "I thought about moving on but in the end I couldn’t ignore the discrimination, so I went to court. [And the crowd's roars of applause indicate support of this decision]."

A jury awarded her for the discrimination, something she hoped would make my Goodyear "feel the sting, learn a lesson, and never discriminate against women again…"

But we all know what happened with the Supreme Court's now-infamous decision last summer. So Mrs. Ledbetter spoke about the legislation she helped champion, the Fair Pay Act, which, as she said, would "make sure that what was done to me couldn’t be done again."

Ledbetter says Obama has promised to appoint judges "who will enforce laws that protect every day people, like me." She adds, "This isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s a FAIRNESS issue."

She concludes:

My case is over and I will never receive the pay I deserved. But there will be a far richer reward if we secure fair pay for our children and grandchildren... Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental American principle! We need leaders in this country who will fight for it."

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Aug 26, 2008 in Civil Justice | Civil Rights | Decision 2008
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Where did you get the idea, equal pay for equal work, is a fundamental American principle? If there is a list of such principles, I would like to read it. The range of pay of male workers exceeded the difference between her pay and that of the next male supervisor. Should any range of salary of male supervisors be unlawful, in accordance with the list of fundamental American principles? If professional baseball players have the same statistics, should any difference in their salaries be unlawful?

The decision addressed a civil procedure argument. the filing deadline in the law. It did not address any question of pay differential. The lawyers are having a tantrum about the limitation on filing deadlines, not on any pay differential. They are tantruming about the loss of their pay, not that of their client.

Kia absolutely refuses to compare her salary to that of her male predecessor. When it comes to a left wing, lawyer rent seeking website, she just refuses to apply a fundamental American principle, as repeatedly requested, long before this speech. Her refusal to even check, let alone sue the owners, implies something. This argument is a pretext. It is a pretext to increase the size and power of government and the amount of employment litigation. Government is a 99% owned and operated subsidiary of the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | August 27, 2008 4:31 AM

Equal pay SHOULD be a fundamental right. In fact, it should simply be a common sense in business and in government. But in this wacky-corporatist-Orwellian world us little ladies have to be content with making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes despite the fact that many of us are the sole breadwinner for the family. Not to mention the fact that we live longer and therefore on average need a larger retirement nest egg.
I would argue that the "criminal cult" that the previous poster referred to would more accurately be attached to the corporations and their government lapdogs. Historically, a strong central government, strong middle class and well regulated industry have been the keys to our nation's prosperity. The 20th century gave rise to the greatest period of economic expansion this country had ever experienced thanks to the programs of New Deal Democrats and liberal Republicans (such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower), which put economic and social power into the hands of the people.
It's a complex issue when you get into economics, however for the 40 years Congress was under Democratic control, the lack of scarcity Americans experienced not only strengthened the economy, but also allowed the U.S. to take the lead in science, education and business. Then along came Reagan wrench power away from the people, deregulate industry and pull the teeth out of government to weaken it so much that it became a servant to the whims of the megacorporations (like big oil and the drug companies) and foreign lenders (like China).
But it is so much easier to stop thinking for yourself and repeat Rush and Hannity's talking points than to crack open a history book, isn't it? But the MSM and the public in general is more interested in passively absorbing and regurgitating propaganda rather than seeking real solutions.

Posted by: X-republican | August 27, 2008 1:15 PM

I had to remove SC's comment for offensiveness. Blatantly sexist and homophobic content will get your commenting privileges revoked permanently.

Posted by: Kia | August 27, 2008 5:40 PM

Kia: Censorship is cult. Every assertion was accurate and true, Hon.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | August 28, 2008 8:46 PM