Friday, January 9: – Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

On May 29, 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States concurred with an appeals court’s opinion, ruling 5-4 in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (No. 05-1074) that a plaintiff may only bring an action under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 alleging illegal pay discrimination when the disparate pay is received during the statutory limitations period.

  • This bill would negate and go far beyond the Supreme Court case by effectively eliminating the statute of limitations on bringing pay-discrimination claims.

  • The bill would “allow an employee–or any individual who can arguably claim to be ‘affected’ by an allegedly discriminatory decision relating to compensation, wages, benefits–or any other practice–to sue for discrimination that may have occurred years or even decades in the past.”

This would likely increase the number of frivolous pay-discrimination claims in future years, since older claims are more subject to faded memories, missing documents, unfound witnesses, and businesses that have changed hands or no longer exist.

PASSED: 241-171

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Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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