Sue for wage discrimination fast. You don’t have time to ask questions.
With a Supreme Court decision making news today, you have exactly 180 days from the minute your employer determines your salary to investigate the salaries of your male co-workers and assess whether or not you’re a victim of wage discrimination.
No time for rational conversation. No time to address the situation as a professional and work with your employer to resolve your concerns.
The discriminatory act, the initial determination of your salary which could happen before you even report for your first day on the job, must have occurred within the 180 days immediately previous to the day you file suit. You may not know the protocol for ordering additional supplies but you better know the salaries of your male co-workers, the company’s system for addressing grievances, and how to make that system work quickly enough to wade through the whole process works in 180 days.
Let’s step it up Sharp Skirts…demand a higher salary before you accept the job!
Speaking of Sharp Skirts, there’s one under a fancy lace collar and black robe on the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion and took the extra step of reading it from the bench. She is convinced her five male colleagues sitting in the majority on this decision don’t get it…
“In our view, this court does not comprehend, or is indifferent to, the insidious way in which
women can be victims of pay discrimination.” She noted that Ledbetter’s pay started out comparable to what men were earning but slipped over time.
Ginsburg said Ledbetter faced an impossible choice: sue early and probably lose a half-baked case, or wait until the evidence is strong enough to win and be told she sued too late. Siding with Ginsburg were justices Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens.
That’s a Sharp Skirt who got the last word on a decision good for business without a hint of a concern for civil liberties.