This is my contention with the Right’s war on law suits; occasionally, they’re necessary.
That’s exactly why I opposed tort reform, and why I cringe every time one of these guys gets up on a stage and starts blustering against, “Frivolous lawsuits.” The fact of the matter is, lawsuits are a vital tool for the average American to find himself or herself on an even playing field against corporate interests.
Indeed, we see how easily the scales of justice can tip against the favor of people without the power to sue on their side. I recall the terrible fates of Jamie Leigh Jones, and Tracy Barker, women who are still struggling to find justice against the people who sexually assaulted them.
No doubt, there are such things as frivolous lawsuits; the now infamous McDonald’s coffee suit comes to mind, as does the notorious “pants judge.” But this is no reason to rob millions of Americans the right to have their day in court, to hold people accountable for criminality when it is practiced against them.
Still, this is exactly the justification that John McCain used when he explained why he wouldn’t support an equal pay law that would make it easier for women to sue companies based upon pay discrimination. McCain skipped the vote, instead opting to campaign in the rust belt where he was trying to sell free trade to a group of people that aren’t likely to buy.
But his party had his back, killing the bill with only 42 votes.
For women, especially those women who are talking about not supporting Obama if he wins the nomination, I present to you your alternative; a man who is pretty glib about protecting your rights. Meanwhile BOTH Democratic candidates flew back to Washington to vote their support for the bill.
And why shouldn’t women be allowed to sue their employers for pay discrimination? How are companies that use sexist standards to govern who gets paid ever going to learn? What, are we supposed to ask them nicely to please pay women what they deserve?
Fat lot of good that will do if they never suffer the consequences for it.
If they are descriminating against women, and paying them less than they are worth, then they should get their asses handed to them in court, it’s that simple.