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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act gives workers more time to take discrimination cases to court.
1/31/2009
 
ROBIN'S PERSPECTIVE: President Barack Obamaís has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, giving workers more time to take their pay discrimination cases to court.

The new law is named after Lily Ledbetter, the 70-year-old Alabama woman who worked for 19 years at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant, making far less than her male coworkers. She only learned of the pay difference toward the end of her career, and then filed a pay discrimination lawsuit. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court held that her claim was too late, and that workers had to file a discrimination claim within 180 days of a companyís initial decision to engage in pay discrimination. As a result, Ms. Ledbetter was denied her claim for more than $200,000 in salary, plus her pension and Social Security losses.

Here is what is important under the new law:

- Each new discriminatory paycheck now extends by 180 days the amount of time that a person has to bring a claim of discrimination. This means if you donít learn about unequal treatment that has been going on for a long time, you can still seek justice.

- The law also applies to discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, disability and age, not just to gender.
 
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