Alert! Wage Discrimination Update!

Good news! Last week, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007.

The bill is named for the plaintiff in the pay discrimination lawsuit earlier decided by the Supreme Court, which said a worker must file a charge of pay discrimination within 180 days of the employer’s first decision to pay someone less for discriminatory reasons. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, as passed by the House, simply restores the previous interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which says that each paycheck which results from a discriminatory decision is itself a discriminatory act.

Now that Ledbetter has cleared the House, a similar bill will be presented to the Senate. Watch out, though: the White House has already threatened to veto the bill.

Read more about how you can get involved. N.O.W. has a great update on their website, along with information about how you can get involved and let your representatives know what you think.

 (Researched by Lauren Palmor, CFA Intern)