Gender Discrimination In Court Cases

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Gender discrimination is not an issue that can be ended instantly. The war against it has been fought in countless battles that take the shape of court cases, executive orders, and legislation. One branch of gender discrimination is the wage gap in the workplace. However, America’s countless attempts to prevent it all appear to be in vain. Through the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and other significant pieces of legislation, it would seem that women may be paid equally for equal work sometime in the near future. Because of government negligence, however, employers need not look far and they will find loopholes in legislation.
On June 10, 2963, John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it one of the
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The act came as a result of the 1998 case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Co. Lilly Ledbetter was an employee at Goodyear Tire and Rubber company until retiring in 1998. After retiring, Ledbetter sued the company for paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. It was taken to the court of appeals and eventually reached the Supreme Court, which denied her claim because she had not filed her lawsuit within thirty days of her first paycheck. When President Obama was elected into office, he made gender equality one of his priorities at once. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 so that complaints could be filed within 180-days of a discriminatory paycheck and the days would reset with each paycheck. This is one of many steps taken to end gender inequality in the workplace. Women can now bring their cases to court, but this do not aid them in fighting their employer’s discrimination completely. Companies may still claim that their female employees have not performed their jobs as efficiently as men. This is likely to be an ongoing problem until the EPA has been …show more content…
Women’s rights have been a major problem in America for years, with the start of the Women’s Rights Movement and the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848. In 1919, the women’s suffrage amendment was added to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote for the first time. Despite all of this, nearly a century later, women are fighting for justice through equality in the workplace. Correcting this problem is important because America was founded on the establishment of justice. Much has been done to correct certain aspects of gender inequality in the workplace, but nothing so far has put an end to it. Once America lives up to it’s promise of equal rights, then can justice be restored in our

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