ACLU Hails Senate Passage of Pay Disparity Bill

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 Linda Paris (202) 675-2312; media@dcaclu.org

ACLU Hails Senate Passage of Pay Disparity Bill

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Gives Victims of Wage Discrimination Their Day in Court

WASHINGTON - Today,
by a vote of 61 to 36, the Senate passed S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter
Fair Pay Act, a bill that clarifies the legal time limits for employees
to fight pay discrimination. The American Civil Liberties Union
applauded passage of the bill without any amendments, which would have
weakened employee safeguards.

"Senate
passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act advances the case for equal
pay for equal work," said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU
Washington Legislative Office. "Today we are a little closer to
restoring the right of employees to challenge pay disparities that was
practically eliminated by the Supreme Court ruling in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case. Fortunately, the Senate defeated amendments that would have left many victims of pay discrimination without justice."

ACLU
Legislative Counsel Deborah J. Vagins added, "The Senate has rightfully
recognized that, as long as an employee brings home a paycheck lessened
by discrimination, she should also have the ability to have her day in
court. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is the only bill that fixes the
full extent of the problem caused by the Ledbetter decision. We applaud the Senate for rejecting these amendments and look forward to President Obama swiftly signing this bill."

For the ACLU's letter to the Senate, go to:
http://www.aclu.org/womensrights/employ/38326leg20090114.html

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