Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama Signs Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Finally! After a Supreme Court decision invalidating her claim and a previous failed attempt to pass legislation that would allow her to sue for damages based on sex discrimination in the workplace, Lily Ledbetter got her due today.

President Obama today signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, increasing the time frame for plaintiffs to bring cases alleging unfair pay based on sex discrimination. Although not a Title IX issue, the signing of the Act speaks well for an Obama administration that is (I hope) thoughtful and fair in its approach to sex-based discrimination claims.

The New York Times carried the full story of the signing of the Act, here.