President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Into Law!
January 30, 2009
The passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law marks a significant step towards ending gender discrimination at a time when women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. The bill reverses a Supreme Court decision that placed a statute of limitations for an employee to sue after discovering the discrimination. Under this bill each new discriminatory paycheck refreshes the statute of limitations making it easier for employees to sue.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence applauds Congress and the Obama Administration for making this issue a priority. Financial barriers are especially hard for survivors of domestic violence to overcome. This law is an important step towards making it easier for survivors to establish and maintain their independence for themselves and their families and to break the cycle of violence.
- Read the full text of the bill.