No, no, don’t start calling all the Sues you know and warning them that a rampaging blogger seeks to snuff out the candles of their lives. My rampage is not even a rampage. I’d say it’s more a blip, a quark, a passing anti-fancy.
I read a blog post today that referenced a court case between a woman named Ledbetter and Goodyear. Apparently this woman worked happily for Goodyear until she received an anonymous letter informing her that the other people doing her job, all men, were receiving a lot more money for their efforts than she was.
So, she subsequently sued the company for backpay, damages, and all sorts of crazy stuff. WTF?! Originally, she won the case and was awarded a hefty sum of money for her troubles. Then, the Supreme Court got a hold of her case (thanks to an appeal by Goodyear) and shot it down and now she’s appalled, saying she never would have believed this in America.
Oh. My. Goodness. You’re darn right this is America and this stuff happens. If you don’t negotiate a higher paycheck for yourself at the outset, heck yes will you make less than other people. I’m so frustrated reading about people who sue companies for this kind of foolish crap.
Doctors are leaving practices because of the ridiculous lawsuits they’re faced with all the time (What do you mean elective surgery can be dangerous?!), people are suing restaurants for making them fat (Since when do restaurants force you to stop exercising and eat too much?), and all the while we’re all sitting there watching from the sidelines like it’s a tennis match. I imagine lawyers are fine with it, though.
I’m just so frustrated that this woman feels the company owes her something because she wasn’t paid as well as the other employees. Yes, the other employees are men and yes, women in this country earn pennies to a man’s dollar, but no one stopped this woman from investigating what her job should have been paying her and then negotiating her way to top dollar.
Honestly, when people participate in stupid lawsuits like this I get pretty steamed. America is the land of opportunity, yes, but should it really be the land of this kind of opportunity?