Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

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Bill summary

The bill was introduced to amend title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to clarify that a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice that is unlawful under such Acts occurs each time compensation is paid pursuant to the discriminatory compensation decision or other practice[1]

Senate Votes

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Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Motion to invoke cloture, limit debate, and vote on a bill to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of receipt of the last received paycheck affected by the alleged discriminatory decision (in effect undoing the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision)."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Limit debate on a measure expanding women's right to sue for wage discrimination. April 23. (56-42; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Reid voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)


House Votes


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Scored vote

Scorecard: AFSCME 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The House approved the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 (H.R. 2831), a bill that would reverse a Supreme Court decision limiting the time that workers have to sue their employers for pay discrimination."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.afscme.org/legislation-politics/19812.cfm)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Passage of a bill responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Company, which said that charges of wage discrimination must be filed within 180 days of the initial discriminatory act, regardless of whether the employee had any idea that he or she was being discriminated against. The bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of their receipt of a paycheck affected by the alleged discriminatory decision. The bill would also clarify that an employee is entitled to up to two years of back-pay if it is determined that discrimination occurred."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 3}}}

Description:

"Despite strong opposition by the Chamber, the House passed 225-199, H.R. 2831, the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This bill would amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other anti-discrimination laws to effectively abolish the statute of limitations in many cases. H.R. 2831 is purported to overturn the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which rejected the “paycheck theory” of compensation discrimination that would have permitted claims to be filed many years after an alleged act of discrimination occurs. If signed into law, H.R. 2831 would not only reverse this commonsense decision, but it could be applied broadly and create a situation where claims could be fi led decades after an allegedly discriminatory act occurred. This legislation is now awaiting action in the Senate. The Chamber will continue to oppose this wrongheaded approach and work to preserve the intent of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_house.htm

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 4}}}

Description:

"Reverse a recent Supreme Court decision that limited employees' rights to sue for pay discrimination. July 31. (225-199)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm

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References

  1. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 on [1].
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