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Lilly Ledbetter Act Signed By President Obama, January 27, 2009

January 27, 2009
Press Release

Today we gave final approval, and President Obama signed, landmark legislation that will begin to close the gender pay gap in this country.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act reverses a Supreme Court decision that has kept women from pursuing pay discrimination claims

This issue is as basic as it gets. You should not be paid less because you are a woman. You should not be treated differently because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs. The Supreme Court has tried to roll back the clock on this issue of basic fairness, but Congress will not stand for it.

Lilly Ledbetter worked for nearly 20 years at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She sued the company after learning that she was paid less than her male counterparts at the facility, despite having more experience than several of them. A jury found that her employer had unlawfully discriminated against her but the Supreme Court said that Ledbetter had waited too long to sue for pay discrimination, despite the fact that she filed a charge with the U.S. EEOC as soon as she learned of the pay discrimination. 

At a time when too many workers are seeing their jobs and wages slashed, we’ve got to make sure that all Americans are paid fairly for their hard work.