Thursday, October 18, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: How Mitt Romney made affirmative action work

Free Thought San Marcos
October 18, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: A column
Most people seemed to focus on the strangeness of Romney-speak after Mitt Romney talked about “binder of women” in the second presidential debate held on October 16. If you missed the debate, here’s what happened.
The candidates were asked a question about inequalities in the workplace and equal pay for women. Obama discussed his support for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which passed, with 36 Republicans in the Senate voting against it, in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision which held that the 180-day statute of limitations on equal-pay lawsuits begins on the date the pay was originally agreed upon, and does not begin again with each new paycheck that contains the discriminatory pay. That decision had prevented Lilly Ledbetter from recovering for unequal pay because she did not learn that she was receiving unequal pay until many years after she was hired.

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