January 9, 2009
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay and Paycheck Fairness Acts
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 11), which allows employees to sue over alleged discrimination within 180 days of their last paycheck, and the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12), which eliminates loopholes that hinder the effectiveness of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
WASHINGTON–The AFT commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing these two bills. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act corrects the U.S. Supreme Court's misinterpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding the timely filing of a pay discrimination claim, while the Paycheck Fairness Act addresses the persistent wage gap between male and female workers.
The U.S. House of Representatives has sent a strong and clear message about the rights and protection that should be accorded to all workers. We urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass these important pieces of legislation.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.