The subject for this week's line of the week is a 'natural.' It references the signing of the Lily Ledbetter Act into law. Although now retired, Ms Ledbetter's suit highlighted wage discrimination and how the problems can be fairly redressed.
The Origins of the Ledbetter Law
When she was still in the workforce, although she was considered a crack employee, she was underpaid for many years [as compared to her male peers]. When she finally found out what was going on due to the kindness of a colleague who tipped her off [many years after the fact], the court determined that the statute of limitations had run out because the time to make the claim was when she got her first check; a standard that defies credibility because as new employee, what is the likelihood that you will know what others earn. By executive order, Barack Obama has now adjusted the "clock" on the law to begin based on the when an employee first discovers the differences. About the absence of logic in the initial law & Ledbetter ruling, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote:
"...Let us pause briefly to contemplate the chances of figuring out your co-workers' salaries within the first six months on the job..."
Apparently the Justices overlooked the fact that unlike their salaries, the average employee's salary is not a matter of [readily accessible] public record.