"Equal pay is by no means just a women's issue, it's a family issue," Obama said. "And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month's paycheck to simple and plain discrimination."
The act nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision which denied Ms. Ledbetter the chance to pursue her pay discrimination claim. The Court ruled that she had missed the 180-day statute of limitations to file a claim -- even though she did not learn that she was receiving less pay for doing the same job as her male co-workers until her almost 20-year career at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. was ending. Ms. Ledbetter stood beside President Obama as he signed the bill.
See The Associated Press.
For more information regarding Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws, including equal pay, hiring and firing, and prohibited discriminatory practices, see the U.S. EEOC's "Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions and Answers" at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html.
Disparity in pay between male and female legal professionals remains a hot topic in the legal field. See Tammy Pettinato's article, "Survey Results Show Gender Difference in Legal Profession Salaries" in the January/February 2009 issue of Legal Assistant Today.