Final Vote on Public Lands Package, Then Procedural Vote on Fair Pay Legislation

The Senate will take a vote on final passage in relation to the omnibus public lands package (S. 22Omnibus Public Land Management Act) today.  It is expected to pass with bipartisan support.

After that vote, members are expected to vote on a procedural (cloture) motion which would begin debate on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181).  The bill is co-sponsored by over 50 Senators, mainly Democrats. 

According to a press release from the bill’s lead sponsor, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the legislation would “remedy the 2007 Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. decision in which a divided Supreme Court held that workers must sue for pay discrimination within 180 days after the original pay-setting decision, no matter how long the unfair pay continues.”

It would do so by amending “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 so that the statute of limitations runs from the date of the actual payment of a discriminatory wage, not just from the time of hiring.”  This means that “employees can seek a remedy based on each discriminating paycheck, not just during the first 180 days of pay discrimination.”

You can read a summary of the bill’s provisions here.  The bill text is linked here.

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