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Invited Commentary
September 2016

It Is Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work for Physicians—Paging Dr Ledbetter

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1305-1306. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3289

“No one should get paid less for doing the same job because she is a woman.”

Lilly Ledbetter

In a Supreme Court case, Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for unequal pay.1 Although her salary was initially on par with those of male peers, over the years her pay was, on average, 20% lower than that of men working the same job. She lost her case because of the statute of limitations; however, she has been a stalwart advocate of equal pay for equal work for women.

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