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Fair Pay Act Becomes Law, Overturning Supreme Court’s Ledbetter Decision

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In his first full week in office, President Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, reversing a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that a female employee needed to file her pay discrimination complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) within 180 days of her employer's initial decision to pay her less than her male counterparts. The employee had argued that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an EEOC charge (300 days in states with an anti-discrimination agency) began anew each time she received a lower paycheck.

 

The Fair Pay Act amends Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act to clarify that a discriminatory compensation decision occurs each time a discriminatory paycheck is issued. It is effective retroactive to May 28, 2007, the day before the Supreme Court's decision (L...(register to read more)

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