Lilly Ledbetter to Address DNC on Women’s Equality Day

August 25, 2008 12:00 am

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Contact: (202) 675-2312, media@dcaclu.orgAmerica, we still have plenty of work before us. Last year, the House of Representatives passed legislation, the ‘Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007,’ aimed at ensuring employers don’t profit from years of discrimination simply because their employees were unaware of it. The bill addresses wage disparity based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability, and clarifies that such discrimination is not a one-time occurrence, but rather, that each discriminatory paycheck an employer issues represents an ongoing violation of the law.

“The ACLU strongly supports this commonsense solution, and we are urging the Senate to follow the House’s lead. The type of systemic discrimination experienced by Lilly Ledbetter and countless others is inconsistent with core American values of fairness and equality. On this day, we are reminded that we must continue the fight for equality in all spheres of American life.”

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