A look at proposed legislation of the new Congress

As I stated in my post of January 2nd, the 111th Congress met for the first time on Tuesday, January 6th. The House of Representatives introduced their first bill, HR 11, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

Initially introduced in June 2007 by Rep. George Miller of California as HR 2831, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, this bill was not passed during the 110th Congress (2007-2008). Representative Miller introduced it again in the present Congress.
This proposed legislation came about as a result of the ruling of the Supreme Court case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618, in mid 2007.

Lily Ledbetter sued her employer, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, claiming pay discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
The case involved statutory interpretation, rather than constitutional interpretation by the Court and Ms. Ledbetter’s argument did not prevail. The Court held that she did not file her claim in the time period specified by the statute.

This proposed legislation hopes to remedy this by making it easier for employees to file claims charging pay discrimination by extending the time period in which these claims must be filed.

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