Senate Democrats

Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Has Broad Support

Democrats are fighting to restore civil rights protections for workers who face pay discrimination, ensuring that men and women are paid fairly and that they have a fair opportunity under the law to fight back when they are not.The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is critical to protecting all workers from pay discrimination. Civil rights groups, women’s and seniors’ advocates, law groups and labor organizations agree that passing the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is an important step towards ensuring fairness in the workplace.

GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SUPPORT THE LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Urged Passage of Fair Pay Act – Said Fair Pay Is Not Just a Woman’s or Worker’s Issue But a Civil Rights Issue. “Lilly Ledbetter is a woman, but this is not only a women’s issue.  Nor is it solely a workers’ issue.  This is a civil rights issue. This is a matter of fairness and simple justice. It is essential that the Senate, which failed to pass the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the 110th Congress, do so now. Our nation’s economic situation is too serious for the political gamesmanship that some Republican senators are engaging in. We believe that any delay in Senate passage of these fair pay bills is a delay in justice.” [Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Press Release, 1/9/09]

In 2008, the NAACP Supported the Fair Pay Act. According to an April 2008 NAACP Action Alert, the NAACP supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. [NAACP Action Alert, 4/28/08]

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Advocated for Passage of the Fair Pay Act. “As employees and business owners, women understand the profound need to actively advance and protect our civil rights. The U.S. Women’s Chamber urges you to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, oppose any amendments that would weaken these bills, and to vote no on a motion to recommit.” [U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Letter, 1/6/09]

AARP Said the Fair Pay Act Would Have Tremendous Significance for Older and Disabled Workers. “Thus, the overly restrictive interpretation in the Ledbetter decision – which was contrary to accepted legal precedent – demands enactment of H.R. 11 and H.R. 12 to correct such iniquities. The legislation has tremendous significance not only for women, but for all older and disabled workers.” [AARP Letter, 1/8/09]

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Commends House Passage of Fair Pay Act. “The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law applauds the House of Representatives for passing the ‘Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007’ today by a vote of 225-199.” [Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Press Release, 07/03/07]

The American Bar Association Supported Passage of the Fair Pay Act of 2009. In a letter to members of the House of Representatives, American Bar Association director Thomas M. Susman wrote, This is to convey the American Bar Association’s support for H.R. 11, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, bipartisan legislation to restore the opportunity for individuals subjected to unlawful pay discrimination to effectively assert their rights under the federal anti-discrimination laws. It makes no sense to deny redress to those workers who have received discriminatory paychecks the longest: indeed, arguably, they are the ones who have suffered the greatest injury and are most in need of the protection of the law.” [ABA Letter, 1/9/09]

The American Federation of Teachers Urged the Senate to Pass the Fair Pay Act. In a statement, AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “The U.S. House of Representatives has sent a strong and clear message about the rights and protection that should be accorded to all workers. We urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass these important pieces of legislation.” [1/9/09]

The National Education Association urges the Senate to pass Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. “On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge you to VOTE YES on two pieces of legislation designed to address issues of pay equity – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.  These important bills could be up for votes on the Senate floor this week. ” [NEA Letter to Senators, 1/12/09]

Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center Called the Fair Pay Act a Key Piece in the Fight for Pay Equity. In a statement, Marcia D. Greenberger, the Co-President of NWLC, said, “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are key pieces in the fight for pay equity, seeking to reverse the Supreme Court’s devastating ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and give women critically important tools to fight the workplace discrimination that causes the persistent wage gap—a necessary component to stimulating the economy.” [National Women’s Law Center Press Release, 01/09/09]

The National Organization for Women Supported the Fair Pay Act. In a press release, the National Organization of Women supported passage of the Fair Pay Act. [National Organization for Women press statement, 01/09/09]

The ACLU Praised the House Passage of the Fair Pay Act. “By passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act together in the first week of session, the House has generated real momentum for change. Today’s vote on the two pay equity bills is a concrete step forward for wage discrimination safeguards after the unwarranted rollbacks of basic wage protections. The Senate should pick up the pay equity baton and pass these important bills. In this time of economic belt-tightening, American workers depend on bringing home every dollar that they rightfully earn. This historic House vote should signal to senators that the American people overwhelming want to achieve basic pay fairness for all.” [American Civil Liberties Union Press Release 1/9/09]

The National Partnership for Women and Families Urged The Senate to Pass the Fair Pay Act. “Women across the country have said loudly and clearly that ensuring equal pay for equal work must be a top priority.  We urgently need the Senate to join the House in passing both these bills with no weakening amendments so they can quickly become law. With families suffering terribly in this grim economy, and women still paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men, it is more important than ever that we end wage discrimination of all kinds.  These bills are the next essential step in the fight for fair pay in America.” [National Partnership for Women and Families Press Release 1/9/09]

In 2008, National Employment Lawyers Association Supported Urged the Senate Fair Pay Act. “As private civil rights lawyers who specialize in employment matters, NELA members regularly confront the practical realities that employees face when they try to learn of or challenge unlawful pay discrimination. Workers rarely know the salaries of their coworkers. If they discover them, they are unlikely to discover the discriminatory reasons for differentials for many months, if not years, after discrimination has begun. Under the Ledbetter ruling, these employees would likely never be able to challenge such discrimination. Unless the Fair Pay Act is enacted to reverse this ruling, employers will be able to profit from years of discrimination simply because their employees were unaware of it. The Fair Pay Act affirms the fundamental principle that the country’s civil rights laws are intended to be interpreted broadly to eradicate all forms of illegal discrimination. Please support the civil rights of American workers by voting for this bill.” [NELA Letter to Senators, 4/18/08]

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