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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 02:18 PM
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Rachel Maddow - Arguments Over The Years Against The ERA
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Equal Rights Amendment /

Wal-Mart gender discrimination decision could change rules for class action suits

The Supreme Court handed down a decision Monday morning that not only impacts the treatment of women within the Wal-Mart corporation, but could also change the rules of class action lawsuits, and give companies permission to look the other way from unfair practices, the National Women's Law Center said.

"We really believe this decision went the wrong way, but the fight continues," Fatima Goss-Graves, the NWLC's education and employment vice president, said in a press call. "The women will continue to pursue their claims, and they should. It's important that they do, because this kind of discrimination cannot stand."

The decision for the case, Wal-Mart v. Dukes, cites the sovereignty that Wal-Mart gives to its individual managers to decide pay, which the women in the suit claimed skews against women on all levels and in all roles, from the blue-vested greeters in the front of the store to the buttoned-up female vice presidents
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 03:04 PM
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1. Don't get me started
I've so often wanted to bring up the (failed) fight to pass the ERA these past few years--but I truly was afraid that I would be mocked and dismissed. Honestly, I don't think there are many who care about women's rights anymore. There really wasn't even much outrage here about the Supreme Court Wal-mart case, except with respect to how it affected class actions. But equality for women? That's so 70s.

I was 25 in 1975, and lived through all those bullshit arguments. I was 35 when it expired short of its goal. I realize that society has become more advanced during these past decades, but the amendment is still clearly needed. Why not try again?
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