McCain prefers the injustice of the status quo to “more lawsuits”

From HuliQ:

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.

h/t Petulant at Shakesville

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.

h/t still Shakesville, this time Liss.

Categories: ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, law & order, social justice


4 replies

  1. I wish I could believe that this was just a Republican/right wing thing, but I think it’s representative of the way that we are so often expected to shut up about issues pertainting to justice and equality for women– it’s all well and good for us to believe in equality, until the point that it actually involves challenging people and making a fuss; then it becomes a waste of time.

  2. In this case, Beppie, it truly is a very partisan thing: all the Democratic Party senators voted to pass the bill and the Republicans actually had to filibuster it to make sure that it didn’t pass.
    I’m sure that there’s a lot of rank and filers who vote Democratic who may not have been fully on board though, because they personally run businesses which pay women less etc.

  3. McCain has proposed series of tax breaks for corporations, summer holiday from gas taxes & tax-write off for companies that provide high-speed internet for underserved, low-income communities. I’m surprised when real issues come in for legislation changes – they are ignored. In a time were American families are struggling to keep their homes and jobs while paying for petrol and groceries…how can be ignore pay equality for American mothers/wives/daughters. Change must happen. Many of the Republication who blocked the vote claimed they were doing so to protect women – read “stupid women’ from the greedy clutches of unprincipled plaintiffs’ attorneys and from women’s own stupid inclination to sit around for years, even decades – while being screwed over financially before bringing a suit. Mmmm!!! I’m hopeing Hillary becomes president and more women take positions of leadership.

  4. I heard Mitch McConnell give the party line about “too many lawsuits”. That line recalls the hearings on Mukasey, in which he didn’t want to pronounce waterboarding to be torture because Americans might be prosecuted.
    These guys need to do what’s right–not what will avoid getting people in trouble!
    I told my ten-year-old daughter about McConnell’s statement, and she said, “If enough people get in trouble, then maybe they’ll pay women more in the first place.”

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