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Obama signs equal-pay bill

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Obama signs equal-pay bill

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed his first bill Wednesday, a gender pay equity law that had been a hallmark of his campaign for the White House.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act makes it easier for workers to sue companies for pay discrimination and effectively reverses a 2007 Supreme Court decision that had given workers 180 days to file a lawsuit after they discovered the alleged discrimination.

“Lilly Ledbetter did not set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job — and she did it well — for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the very same work,” the president said Thursday. “Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits — losses that she still feels today.”

Ledbetter, who worked at a Goodyear tire and rubber plant in Alabama, said she didn’t know about the discrimination until the latter part of her 19-year career. She attended the bill signing in the East Room of the White House and was guest of honor at a reception hosted by the president and first lady Michelle Obama.


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Posted in World top news

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