We Need Fair Play on Fair Pay

On April 23, 2008, the Senate failed to address important wage discrimination legislation, H.R. 2831, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007. This bill faced a very tough procedural vote Wednesday night, which fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to move on to a Senate vote on final passage.

Had the Senate voted to address H.R. 2831, Congress could have restored protections for employees subjected to pay discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. The bill was intended to undo last year's Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co., in which the court ruled, 5-4, that workers filing suit for pay discrimination must do so within 180 days of their employer's actual decision to discriminate against them. With its holding, the Supreme Court gave a free pass to employers who can manage to conceal their discriminatory decisions for 180 days.

Recognizing this rollback of civil rights protections, the House passed this crucial legislation in July 2007. Unfortunately, in a move putting politics before people, many members of the Senate blocked this bill from consideration on the merits. In addition, the administration issued a veto threat shortly before the vote.

The battle is not over. The ACLU plans to fight to have this important civil rights measure come before the Senate again this year and, if needed, next year. In a move necessary to bring the bill back up for reconsideration, Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is supportive of the bill, had to switch his vote to "no," but he and other senators have vowed to bring this vote up again.

Many thanks to those of you who contacted your senators because of our earlier requests. We could not have gotten as far as we did without your help. Find out how your senators voted. If your senator voted the right way, please call them to thank them for their vote and urge them to bring this important bill back to the floor. If your senator did not support the bill, please let them know how disappointed you are that, especially in this time of economic belt-tightening, they did not stand up to help American workers earn fair wages.

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A rallying cry for American employees replaced under the much Abused H-1B indentured servant program.


Please help the hard working women of Lafayette College. Six women have come forth to stop sexual harassment at the college. The pervert responsible for sexually harassing these women was sentenced to 18 months probation in a plea bargain. How could such a plea bargain be available this scares me. The man accused of the harassment is basically walking away untouched. He got his rocks off for years at these women’s expense. This man was put in a position to protect the college, its employees, and its students. Below are the local newspapers links to the articles. Please help these women return to there jobs. These women were scared to come forth because the man responsible carried a gun and must have had some kind of connection with college considering he worked there for 20 years. Lafayette is trying to sweep this under the rug and its working. I hope the ACLU can help these women and make it known that these type of actions will not just be swept under the table.



Yes the H-1B is used to replace Americans, discrimination by national origin. However, the rampant Age discrimination is also a problem. What other office worker would be considered past due st age 40?

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