Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act reverses a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that had narrowed to 180 days the time period during which an employee can file a claim of wage discrimination after the original pay-setting decision.
The bill is named after Lilly Ledbetter, a retired worker at a Goodyear factory in Alabama who discovered that she was paid less than her male counterparts.
Ledbetter sued her employer in 2003, but lost the case three years later, because she didn't file her complaint in time - never mind she was unaware of receiving 40% less payment than her male peers doing the same job for almost two decades. Ledbetter fought the Supreme Court decision since then.
President Barack Obama backs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, unlike former President George W. Bush who threatened to veto it.
Ledbetter stand next to president Obma when he signed the Act into law on January 29, 2009.
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