LEDBETTER LEGISLATION.George Miller has introduced legislation today that would essentially overturn the Court's decision in Lilly Ledbetter's case. It spells out that discriminatory acts occur by extension "each time wages, benefits, or other compensation is paid." The legislation has more than a dozen bipartisan co-sponsors, and is expected to be introduced into the Senate next week. Additionally, it spells out that this act would extend to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1967.
UNINSURED VETERANS. Various news outlets are reporting that there are more than 1.8 million uninsured veterans, according to a study and recent testimony by Steffie Woolhandler of the Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Technically, all veterans are eligible for enrollment in the Veterans Health Administration, but that doesn't necessarily mean that all veterans are covered.
SLAUGHTER ON THE AMERICAN IDEA. Former Prospect intern Asheesh Siddique's review of The Idea That Is America by Anne-Marie Slaughter over at Campus Progress is worth a look. He captures the essence of the book here:
Last month, when the Supreme Court issued a majority opinion in Ledbetter v. Goodyear denying employees the right to sue for discrimination after 180 days, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was so incensed she read her scathing dissent aloud from the bench. She defended Lilly Ledbetter's right to sue her employer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.,Inc., for pay discrimination on the basis of sex, giving a not-so-gentle reminder of the realities of the American workplace. She wrote,
TAKING THE PENTAGON TO TASK. The Pentagon today admittedtoday it's understaffed on doctors to treat mental illness. The House Veterans Affairs Committee has already begun the process of gathering expert evidence to support more funds designated for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses. The Pentagon's task force estimated as many as 40 percent of returning soldiers may suffer from some form of mental illness, and National Guard members are reporting higher levels of stress than other branches.