Friday, June 08, 2007

Nonsense about Ledbetter

Somebody sent me this commentary in Time's website about the Supreme Court's ruling in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case.

The gist of the commentary is how unfair it is that women have only 180 days to figure out that they are getting paid less.

First of all, the 180 days is 300 days, at least in Virginia, thanks to an oddball ruling from the Fourth Circuit some years ago.

And, on wages, the Equal Pay Act covers the problem of wage discrimination, and it has an even longer statute of limitations. The problem with trying to carve out a wage-specific rule for Title VII cases is that Title VII applies across the gamut of employment discrimination, and the same timeliness rule applies to all.

Third, these are statutory issues. If you don't like the outcome, blame the legislature. Congress can re-write Title VII, as it has done before.

1 comment:

Brian C. Ledbetter said...

Your headline had me frightened there for a second! :)

Regards,
Brian Ledbetter