This week marks the fifth anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision against Lilly Ledbetter in her wage discrimination claim against Goodyear. The ruling, which upheld barriers that prevented victims of wage discrimination from pursuing justice, was overturned when Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 which made it possible for workers to take action against common types of long-term pay discrimination.
Flashback 2009: Even though she voted to raise her own pay nine times, Congresswoman Biggert voted to enable wage discrimination against women by opposing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This landmark legislation was considered an important step in closing the gap in pay equity between male and female workers.
"I was proud to vote for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because equal work should merit fair pay regardless of gender," said Bill Foster. "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a strong first step to ensuring corporate interests don't hold wages hostage for women."