How big of a fight will Republicans put up over the Ledbetter decision?
The WSJ speculates that the incoming Congress may undo the Ledbetter decision, and that Obama would support that legislation.
How quickly will Obama and the Dems in Congress legislate against the so-called Lilly Ledbetter effect?
Lilly Ledbetter addresses the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 26, 2008. (AP/Ron Edmonds)
Readers will remember Ledbetter, most recently, from the presidential race. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention, campaigned for Obama and made a television commercial for him.
In her role as plaintiff, Ledbetter lost her employment discrimination case before the Supreme Court in 2007. Ledbetter accused Goodyear of sex-based pay discrimination. At issue was the time limit for filing. The Court held that she should’ve filed her claim within 180 days of “the alleged unlawful employment practice” — the initial decision to pay her less than men performing similar work. The Court rejected the argument that each paycheck was a violation of the law.
Considering the other huge problems facing Obama and the new Congress – the recession, the Middle East, etc. – I wonder how much of a fight Republicans will put up over this. My dream bill would undo this decision along with Reigel, and potentially Wyeth.