Women in America are paid substantially less than their male counterparts for performing the exact same work. In fact, women are only making 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. It is a problem that we’ve been dealing with, as a country, for centuries and frankly, we haven’t seen any improvement in closing that wage gap since the mid 1990’s.
Lilly Ledbetter and The Paycheck Fairness Restoration Act
Odds are, you have at some point in your career been discriminated against, due to your gender, when it comes to pay. There have been trailblazers and other women in the past that have really pushed the ball forward in trying to close this wage gap. It’s a huge problem and it’s projected to persist for decades still to come. Lilly Ledbetter was one of those trailblazers and she lived in rural Alabama. She worked for Goodyear Tire for 19 years as a supervisor and was one of fifteen supervisors, she was the only woman. Despite the fact that she had more seniority and more qualifications, she was the lowest paid worker by far. Miss Ledbetter did something about it. She pursued legal claims all the way to the Supreme Court and stood with President Obama when the Paycheck Fairness Restoration Act was passed in 2009, in her name.
This was a huge win for women in the wage equality war. Now, as long as a woman files an EEOC charge within 180 days of the last paycheck, in which she was discriminated against, she can reach back at least two years from that date in order to recover the difference in pay between her and her male counterparts. In some situations, even three years.