Senate Republicans yesterday blocked legislation to make it easier for women and others alleging discrimination to sue their employers over unequal pay...
...At issue is the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Lilly Ledbetter, who for 19 years was the lone female supervisor at an Alabama tire plant. Months before she retired in 1998, Ledbetter learned that she was being paid thousands of dollars less than her male co-workers. She filed suit and was awarded more than $3 million by a jury. Last May, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that Ledbetter had waited too long to file her case. The court said she should have complained within 180 days of a specific discriminatory event.
The Ledbetter decision of the Supreme Court is particularly galling in that it puts a burden on a party not just to win a discrimination suit in court, hard enough, but to literally divine discrimination when it is occurring, without any evidence. If an employer can hide it's discriminatory act well enough, they can pretty much do whatever the fuck they want to a person on the basis of sex, race, age, etc. It was an appalling decision that could only have been made by a group of people with permanent jobs and who have never had to worry about a paycheck since the day they got out of their Ivy League law schools.
Like a discriminated against party screwed over using Ledbetter, without any concrete evidence, I'm convinced if the Democratic Nomination battle wasn't sucking all of the oxygen out of the political coverage, this delay would never have happened.
But right now, the GOP in Congress thinks there is no political price to pay because no one is paying attention, especially the mass media.
And they are coldly correct.
Wanker McSame by the way joined on in, adding yet another embarrassing statement indicating he has no fucking clue what the issue is.
McCain explained his opposition to the bill by claiming it “opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.” He added that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need “education and training“:
“They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else,” McCain said. “
It has NOTHING to do with education or training asshole, equal pay act cases have to do with getting fucked over because of gender when you do EXACTLY the same fucking job.
I'm sure no one will notice this latest malaprop from McSame, because, after all he's a maverick whose errors only make him more and more lovable and sublimely mavericky.