The Rising Tide of Pay Discrimination Claims

March 2010
Employment Law Notes
A little more than one year ago, and just a few days after the presidential inauguration, President Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (H.R. 11). The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act expressly overturned the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc. It extended the time for employees to bring pay discrimination claims under the federal anti-discrimination laws by treating each paycheck issued after an alleged discriminatory decision affecting compensation as a new, independent violation.