Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Case

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Supreme Court rejected arguments that there was a uniform policy of discrimination against women at Wal-Mart:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision sets back the cause of equality for women and for all Americans in the workplace and in our society.  And it will make it more difficult for workers to come together to fight claims of gender discrimination.

“The Democratic Congress took a critical step forward in the fight for equal pay when we passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act – the first bill President Obama signed into law – restoring the right of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay in court.  But it was not enough.

“Today’s ruling underscores the need to act boldly and strongly on behalf of women’s rights: we must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.  It is a matter of fundamental fairness in our nation, and we must work – in the courts and in Congress – to correct this injustice throughout our country.”