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Equal Rights

Gender Equality and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)


Summary of Policy and Recommendations
  • We support legislation that would correct the Supreme Court’s holding in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and allow employees the right to pursue pay discrimination cases when the disparity is reasonably discovered. 


  • We support the prompt enactment of Employment Non-Discrimination Act as another essential step forward for the United States towards ensuring equality of opportunity for every American.

Background

Equal pay for women in the workplace is fundamental to guaranteeing women’s equal status in our society.  In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 127 S.Ct. 2162 (2007), that an employee who files a discriminatory pay charge under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must file within 180 or 200 days of the initial pay decision.  This statute of limitations is illogical; pay differentials occur increasingly over time and employers may keep salary comparisons confidential. We support legislation that would correct the Supreme Court’s holding in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and allow employees the right to pursue pay discrimination cases when the disparity is reasonably discovered. 

Employment decisions such as hiring, firing, promotion and compensation should be based on merit, performance and ability – and never on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation. Discriminating on the basis of one’s sexual orientation is just as offensive and demeaning as any other type of discrimination. For this reason, ADL supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which extends existing federal employment discrimination protections - based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability - to include sexual orientation. We also support the prompt enactment of Employment Non-Discrimination Act another essential step forward for the United States toward ensuring equality of opportunity for every American.


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ADL Recommendations to RNC and DNC Platforms (.pdf)
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ADL Submits Policy Priorities to Democratic and Republican Platform Committees (7/21/08)
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