Deborah Brake on Ledbetter v. Goodyear
Professor Deborah Brake co-authored a column on FindLaw on Ledbetter v. Goodyear, pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ledbetter will consider the statute of limitations applicable to a claim under Title VII that an employer has discriminated on the basis of gender -- by paying women less than men. From the column:
Despite slow progress in recent decades, working women continue to earn less on the dollar than men earn -- even after accounting for all the factors that might be cited to justify the gap: differences in hours worked, education, occupation, work experience and attachment to the labor force. The remaining gap, once these factors are eliminated from the analysis, is caused by discrimination. Unless Title VII is robustly enforced, that discrimination will persist.