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Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
Last Featured: 2/4/2008

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Last term, in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that women who sue for pay discrimination must file a claim against their employers within 180 days of the first time the pay disparity occurs, even if the discriminatory treatment continues for years thereafter. Employment rights advocates fear that this procedural hurdle may make it nearly impossible for victims of discrimination to seek redress. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we look at sex discrimination in the workplace. We’ll ask what the Ledbetter case will mean for people facing employment discrimination and whether Congress is likely to change the law to make it easier to sue.

Wal-Mart Women Sue
The federal courts are considering one of the largest class-action gender discrimination cases ever brought in the United States. A million and a half women are suing Wal-Mart, alleging they were denied promotions and equal pay. Host Margot Adler talks with Stephanie Odle, one of the plaintiffs in that case.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Host Margot Adler speaks with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) representative about the discrimination complaints the commission receives.

Mary Jo O’Neill is the regional attorney for the Phoenix District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She litigates employment discrimination cases in federal court and is a trainer and speaker for the EEOC, bar associations, employer groups, and community organizations.

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Debate: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Host Margot Adler speaks with Michael Eastman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and law professor Deborah Brake about the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Attorney Michael Eastman is the executive director of labor law policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for working with members of the business community to develop sound labor and employment policies.

Deborah Brake is a professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Previously, she worked at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she litigated cases challenging sex discrimination in employment.

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Lilly Ledbetter
Host Margot Adler talks with Lilly Ledbetter about her reaction to the ruling against her in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

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Salaries: Full Disclosure
Host Margot Adler speaks with business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, who argues that making salaries public can contribute to a climate of trust and openness at work.

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management.

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Salaries: Privacy for Competitive Leverage
Host Margot Adler talks with business author Lee Miller, who argues that salaries should be kept private.

Lee Miller is co-president of YourCareerDoctors.com and a part-time professor of management at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business. He is the author of the new book UP: Influence, Power and the U Perspective - The Art of Getting What You Want.

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Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Inc. (the Court's opinion)
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Inc. (the Court's dissenting opinion)
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 (Acrobat PDF file)
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Equal Pay Act of 1963
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Equal Employment Opportunity
National Partnership for Women and Families
Correct the Court
Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men—And What to Do About It
by Evelyn Murphy
Race, Gender, and Discrimination at Work
by Samuel Cohn
Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle For Workers' Rights At Wal-Mart
by Liza Featherstone
Women and Workplace Discrimination: Overcoming Barriers to Gender Equality
by Raymond F. Gregory
Race and the Justice System
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment