Senate Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Senate has passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181) by a vote of 61 to 36.

Per a previous post, the bill would do the following:

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.”

The debate and process used during consideration of this bill was well-received by members from both parties after Senate leaders agreed to allow amendments and not filibuster the procedural movement of the legislation.

Update: House action is to take place this week (1/26) with final passage expected.

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