Tuesday, January 27 – Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (Senate Version)

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is back from the Senate with one key change. Otherwise, the Senate-passed measure is identical to the provisions in House-passed H.R. 11 which passed on January 9th. That link also rehashes once again the shortfalls of the overall legislation.

  • Eliminates Statute of Limitations: The provisions in this Senate bill, like the House version, allow employees to sue employers for wage discrimination within 180 days of their last paycheck that is affected by the alleged discrimination. The measure would overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.) that ruled that workers cannot bring a wage discrimination lawsuit more than 180 days after the initial discriminatory act.

  • But Doesn’t Include Employer Burden of “Business Necessity”: The version of H.R. 11 sent to the Senate by the House, however, also contained provisions from another House-passed bill (HR 12) that would have required employers seeking to justify unequal pay for male and female workers to prove that such disparities are job-related and required by a business necessity. The Senate did not include those provisions in its version of the Ledbetter bill.

House passage of S 181 clears the measure for the president, who is expected to sign it into law.


Read the post about the original House version of the bill here.

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. This report is GREAT! Thank you for doing it.

    Here is a suggestion: Can you add a running tally at the top of the page of the money this Congress votes? It could be titled something like “To be paid by our children and grandchildren” Every time the 111th spends, the $ number would increase.

  2. My wife recently found out, by pure chance, that new co-workers were being paid more than she was. She happened to see a new co-worker’s paystub sitting out and noticed the pay difference.

    In my personal experience, I’ve never known what co-workers are making. Even if they said what they made, if they were making significantly more and they knew it, they could easily lie. How would anyone know the difference? A limit of 180 days is ridiculous! This law corrects a terrible wrong, and Congressman Bachmann should have voted for it.

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