Legal Alert: President to Sign Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act


President Obama is scheduled to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on January 29, 2009. The House of Representatives approved the legislation, which had previously passed in the Senate, on January 27. The Fair Pay Act, S. 181, alters the deadline or "statute of limitations" for pay discrimination claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It also overrules the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Inc., 550 U.S. 618 (2007). Congress believed the Court, in Ledbetter, unduly restricted the time period for bringing pay discrimination claims. The new law will allow employees to bring claims that would have been too stale under the Court's ruling.

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