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Is the White House a “Hostile Workplace?” by The Elephant's Child

There is much confusion about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It would be better titled the More Pay for Lawyers Act. Lily Ledbetter woke up one day and complained that her male counterparts were being paid more for the very same work.

Ms. Ledbetter decided to sue for redress for this presumed grievance. She was told that she had missed the statutory deadline, but her case made it to the Supreme Court, who told her too bad, you missed the deadline.

So Congress in their wisdom  passed the Fair Pay Act which extends the statute of limitations for pay-discrimination lawsuits from 180 days from the violation to 180 days after the last paycheck issued that was affected by that discrimination.

All other things being equal, it was already illegal to pay another more money for the same work.

When Katherine Fenton asked Obama what he intended to do about “women making only 72% of what their male counterparts earn,” her question was based on a false premise, and an incorrect statistic. That statistic was calculated by comparing all male with all female workers, regardless of experience, productivity, number of hours worked, or length of service. When like was compared to like, there was little difference.

The question and Obama’s response were designed to emphasize the Democrat campaign theme that Republicans are waging a war on women since they don’t think that taxpayers should have to provide free contraceptives to Georgetown coeds, when they can buy them for only $9 a month. File under unnecessary government expense.

The issue calls attention to several reports indicating that female White House staffers are paid 18% less than male staffers. $$60,000 to $71,000. During the 2008 campaign, Deroy Murdock wrote that from Senate salary records, Obama’s average male employee earned $54,397, while the thirty female employees earned $45,152 on average. Can you say hypocrisy?

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