President Obama signed today The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Congress passed the Act in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co ., 550 U.S. 618 (2007). Lilly Ledbetter was an employee of Goodyear from 1979 until 1998 in Gadsden, Alabama. Because of discriminatory evaluations by supervisors in her early years of employment, Ledbetter had consistently received lower raises. By the end of her employment, this resulted in her receiving between seventy and eighty-five percent of the salary her male colleagues earned. Ledbetter only learned that she was being paid less than her male co-workers at the end of her career. The Supreme Court held that she had waited too long after the discriminatory pay decisions to assert her claim.

Spencer Fane Britt Browne LLP offers practical steps going forward for employers in a timely News Update on this legislation.

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