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    Filed at 1:55 am under by dcobranchi

    The GOP successfully filibustered a bill that would have provided that women who discover that their employers are illegally discriminating against them in terms of equal pay for equal work would have 180 days to file suit from the time they discover the discrimination. A recent (stupid) SCOTUS decision held that they can only sue during the first 180 days of being discriminated against, even if the pay discrimination remains undiscovered during that time. A stupid, stupid decision that any rational government would fix in a heartbeat.

    Apparently the only thing that rationality and Republicanism have in common is that they both start with “R.”

    2 Responses to “CLASS ACT”

    Comment by
    April 24th, 2008
    at 9:18 am

    And the excuse the Republicans are using to hide behind? They’re saying that passing the bill would cause a flood of lawsuits.

    The thing is, there would still have to be grounds for someone to file a suit. So, are they admitting that there is so much discrimination happening out there, that allowing people to more easily file suit would deluge the courts?

    What would they do if this were another issue, like child abuse? Would they say victims could only file suit within 180 days of first being abused for fear of overwhelming the courts with lawsuits?

    Frickin’ ridiculous.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    April 24th, 2008
    at 9:35 am

    And the really ridiculous part is that this bill would merely revert the law to what had been the interpretation for the last 40 years. There should be no more lawsuits than there were in 2006. Unless companies are suddenly taking advantage of a bad SCOTUS ruling, that is.