Kia Franklin

Joe the Plumber? What about Lily Ledbetter?

So... I started to write a second piece reflecting on the final debate, focusing on the little exchange between Obama and McCain about the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and Ledbetter v. Goodyear. As I wrote, I found that I had lots to say. Like, lots.

So... it turned into an op ed instead. Here it is:

Roe v. Wade wasn't the only important Supreme Court case mentioned during the final presidential debate at Hofstra University last week. The candidates also had a tense exchange over a less famous case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, which involved a woman named Lilly Ledbetter, who received unequal pay at her job for years without realizing it.

The discussion of Ledbetter's battle against discrimination reveals a great deal about each candidate's commitment to protecting the legal rights of ordinary Americans... (Keep Reading)

One of the subtleties I wished I could have gotten into in the op ed was about just what the Fair Pay Act would do, which I blogged about at length here. But my main point is that Ledbetter's is one case that should provoke a serious, ongoing national conversation about our laws and legal system, how well the system works for "we the people," and what real reform--not the so-called tort "reform" that only creates more barriers to the courts--should look like. I also suggest that we need to have these conversations now, as we consider who our next President will be. After all, the next president will likely make some key decisions about how to reshape our highest court.

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 22, 2008 in Civil Rights | Decision 2008 | Discrimination | Elections/Voting | Employment Discrimination | Judicial Nominees | Presidential Election | Right to Access the Courts
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