On Tuesday, Congress passed the final version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in a 250-177 vote. This comes on the heels of the Senate passing it last week. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday at the White House. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act corrects the Supreme Court decision that made it impossible for women to sue for wage discrimination after the 180-day statute of limitations which began with the date the pay was agreed upon.
The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which we previously blogged about, is named after Lilly Ledbetter, who worked for Goodyear Tires for 19 years before discovering she was paid less than her male counterparts with the same or less experience. This new act helps not only women, but anyone who finds themselves a victim of wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.
The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act marks a sign that President Obama and the Democratic Congress are honoring their promises to those suffering from wage discrimination. Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, sees this
act as a step “to rebuilding women’s rights and civil rights taken away during the Bush era.” And yesterday, in the New York Times, columnist Gail Collins wrote about the Act and the cases of employment discrimination that would have benefited from this legislation.