Republican Senator John McCain, campaigning through poverty-stricken cities and towns, said he opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it would lead to more lawsuits.
Senate Republicans killed the bill on Wednesday night on a 56-42 vote that denied the measure the 60 votes needed to advance it to full debate and a vote.
The bill sought to counteract a Supreme Court decision limiting how long workers can wait before suing for pay discrimination.
That Supreme Court decision referred to above was in the Lily Ledbetter case.
As you may recall, the Supreme Court ruled last year that, because Ledbetter did not file a complaint within 180 days of her first paycheck [her case against her employer, Goodyear, failed]. Nevermind that she didn’t find out about the pay disparity until nearly 20 years later.
The difference in pay scale not only affects Ledbetter’s career gross income earnt, it continues to affect her now in her retirement:
In my case, the money I should have been compensated hurt me, because my retirement was based on what I earned. So that was much lower. I’m like a second-class citizen for the rest of my life. I will never be compensated for my lower wages and my pension, and Social Security wages are much lower, because Goodyear paid me less.
The Ledbetter judgement was a very bad court decision in more than a few opinions, and it’s even worse that the Republicans are so averse to businesses behaving ethically that they refused to support a bill for pay justice. Yet another reason that American voters should not vote for McCain.
ADDIT: Oh, FFS. He apparently said that women need more “education and training” to get better jobs. Now of course that is true – it’s a perfect motherhood statement. But quite how that is meant to help anyone in Ledbetter’s position, where she already had the same education and training and was performing exactly the same job as the much-better-paid male supervisors, I have no idea.