Congress Needs to Address Supreme Court Decision on Employment Discrimination, says Chairman Miller
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, today said that the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber case, in which discriminated workers have only a narrow time-frame to file a complaint in the face of ongoing discrimination, was wrong and Congress should work to clarify the Civil Rights Act.
“The Supreme Court's ruling makes it more difficult for workers to stand up for their basic civil rights in the workplace. A worker undergoing sex, race, or other discrimination in pay is discriminated against with each and every discriminatory paycheck, not just when the company set the worker's pay. Yet, according to the Supreme Court, if a worker does not file within 180 days of the employer's decision to set her pay unlawfully, she has to live with that discrimination paycheck after paycheck. This ruling will force Congress to clarify the law's intention that the ongoing effects of discriminatory decisions are just as unacceptable as the decisions themselves.”