To the dismay of many, the Supreme Court recently made it more difficult — actually, almost impossible — for women to sue for pay discrimination.
At least one state court is showing a little spine and going the other way.
Granted, the facts of each case are different, but a woman who claims to have been fired because she asked to be paid the same salary as her male colleagues has prevailed (thanks for Momish for pointing out this case on her blog!)
Who knows how long it took her to figure out that she was getting paid less than her male co-workers. But the good news is that when Cynthia Haddad asked to be paid the same, her employer, Wal-Mart, upped her salary.
The bad news? They fired her two weeks later.
The Massachussetts court that heard the case awarded Haddad $2 million dollars.
You can bet that Wal-Mart will appeal the decision, but at least there is a little hope that some judges around the country can be relied on to apply a little common sense. And, maybe our lawmakers will really do something to make the law more clear so that it ensures that employees will be able to hold their bosses accountable for paying women less just because they are women.
I have an image in my head of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doing a little celebratory dance in her chambers when she read about this case.
Maybe some thank you notes to the judge in Massachusetts are in order?