Friday, January 23, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passes

And you know Obama's going to sign that shit. Hell, he even had Ledbetter herself on his whistle-stop tour.

The vote was 61-36 in the Senate, which is a disgusting margin if you ask me. 36 votes against? What year is it, again?

The House of Representatives approved a similar measure on January 9, three days after the 111th Congress convened. Because the Senate made modest changes in the House version, the House must pass it again. Once it does, as is assured, this will be one of the first bills that President Barack Obama signs into law.

This culminates a two-year effort, mostly by Democrats, that made onetime tire plant supervisor Lilly Ledbetter a civil rights icon and a political star.

The legislation overrides a May 2007 Supreme Court ruling that Ledbetter, a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company employee in Gadsden, Ala., couldn't sue her employer for pay discrimination because she didn't file suit within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.

It's a good day to be a feminist.