Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-13-07

Ledbetter Testifies in House Hearing; Committee Calls for Title VII Action

Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in a wage discrimination case against the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company, spoke yesterday before the House Committee on Education and Labor, highlighting the difficulties employees face when reporting incidents of discrimination in the workplace. The Supreme Court recently ruled against Ledbetter, and members of the House and Senate have vowed to correct Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with legislation.

Ledbetter began her testimony with details of her case, including the legal decisions that ended in the Supreme Court last month. She then spoke of the implications of wage discrimination, which can have lasting effects. "The truth is, Goodyear continues to treat me like a second-class worker to this day because my pension and social security is based on the amount I earned while working there," Ledbetter stated. "Goodyear gets to keep my extra pension as a reward for breaking the law." funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs


In addition to experiencing wage discrimination, Ledbetter testified that she had also been a victim of sexual harassment. In the early 1980s, one of her supervisors implied that if she did not go to a motel with him she would receive a poor evaluation. She was able to resolve the issue with her supervisor through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Her complaint, however, led to an increasingly hostile work environment. After this incident, Ledbetter said she "got a taste of what happens when you try to complain about discrimination."

During the hearing, committee chair Rep. George Miller (D-CA) recognized the injustice in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision, calling it, "a painful step backwards for civil rights in this country." He and other Democratic committee members referenced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, calling on Congress to rectify the decision through legislative means. "A slim majority of the Supreme Court shunned reason in order to satisfy its own narrow ideological agenda. Reason -- and justice -- demand a different result," Miller said.

Media Resources: Testimony of Lilly Ledbetter 6/12/07; Rep. Miller Statement on Ledbetter v. Goodyear 6/12/07


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday. AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
 
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .
 
5/26/2015 Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) has announced that he will not veto two pieces of legislation protecting LGBT rights passed by the state legislature in March, meaning they will soon become law. The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk. . . .