Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Goes to President Obama's Desk for Signing

Today, the House passed S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, legislation correcting the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear that limited a worker's ability to be fully compensated for discrimination. Following passage of the bill, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert expressed appreciation for members' standing up for justice for American workers:

"As the saying goes, 'score one for the little guy.' Thousands of workers who face pay discrimination now have an opportunity to seek justice. I applaud members of the House, and their colleagues in the Senate, for standing up for the rights of all Americans, and President Obama for his steadfast support of this legislation and of Lilly Ledbetter. Thanks to George Bush's appointments, the Supreme Court ignored the principle of equal justice under law. I'm glad that Congress took the opportunity to strike a blow for basic fairness."

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