By Carole on Jun 21, 2012
A new ad from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign touts the first law our Candidate-in-Chief signed. While the ad claims the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will "help insure that women are paid the same as men for doing the exact same work," in reality it was a gift to big Democrat donors (trial lawyers) wrapped in job killing expense for employers and will likely dissuade companies from hiring women in order to avoid potential lawsuits.
The 2009 law effectively overturned a 2007 Supreme Court decision which held that employers cannot be sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act over race or gender pay discrimination if the claims are based on decisions made by the employer 180 days ago or more. With President Obama's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the limit on how long employees have to file these types of discrimination lawsuits virtually disappeared allowing employers to be sued years or even decades over alleged grievances.
It's easy to see why employers might settle such lawsuits quickly rather than waste resources fighting often frivolous claims. Of course those settlements would decrease the funds available to pay current employees or hire new ones but the plaintiffs' attorneys would make plenty of quick bucks.
It's also easy to see how the permanent uncertainty of whether such suits would be brought against a company could influence those in a position to hire to exclude potential litigants (i.e. women) from consideration.
Yet President Obama continues to wage a war on women's intelligence; tossing out the phrase "fairness for women" in today's ad as if it will wash away the truth about his job killing legislation, political payoffs and dismal economic record.
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