Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ledbetter bill

It looks like one of the first pieces of legislation that might be passed by the Obama adminstration could be a wage discrimination act:

The legislation reverses a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that narrowly defines the time period during which a worker can file a claim of wage discrimination, even if the worker is unaware for months or years that he or she is getting less than colleagues doing the same job. It has been a priority for women's groups seeking to narrow the wage gap between men and women.

This is terrific. I hope that this will be applicable to negotiated start-up packages for faculty positions as well, because it's well known that women generally don't fare as well when it comes to negotiation.