Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill

President Barack Obama is singing the praises of newly passed legislation making it easier for workers to sue for discrimination on the job.

At a White House bill-signing ceremony, he said the measure upholds the principle that "we are all created equal" and that each person deserves an equal opportunity.

The measure is known as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And it is named for a woman who said she didn't become aware of a pay discrepancy until she neared the end of her career at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant.

Ledbetter was present for the ceremony. The law effectively overturns a Supreme Court decision that had strictly limited workers' ability to file such suits.

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  • by Rodney Location: Rockford on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    Does an 18 year old janitor, without a high school diploma, or GED, deserve the same pay benefits as a 60 year-old CEO with a BA/BS or MA/MS degree? Equal, in ability...perhaps, but not BECAUSE of race, religion, or gender!
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