Congress Ready To Send Fair Pay Bill To Obama

A measure aimed at fighting wage discrimination against women is poised to become the first law signed by President Barack Obama.

Final passage is expected today in the House.

It's being called the Lilly Ledbetter law after the woman whose losing fight in the Supreme Court in 2007 prompted Congress to act. The high court ruled that Ledbetter was not entitled to collect 19-years' worth of damages because she didn't file her claim within 180 days of the first time she was paid less than male colleagues. She didn't find out about it until she neared retirement

The new law makes clear that every shortchanged paycheck represents a new violation.

The measure has had the solid backing of Democrats, labor and women's rights groups, but had been opposed by the Bush White House and Senate Republicans.


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