WHICH IS WORSE? Yesterday, members of the House Committee on Education and Labor gathered for a postmortem on last month's Ledbetter v. Goodyear ruling, where Lilly Ledbetter testified. Rep. Ric Keller asked Ledbetter about the sexual harassment she was subjected to and sympathized, and he suggested that sexual harassment was "worse" than pay discrimination. Obviously such things are difficult to quantify, and situations differ, but it should be said that while sexual harassment is often a momentary violation, pay discrimination has a lifetime impact: reduction in retirement, overtime, Social Security benefits, etc.
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