This morning, President Obama signed into law the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signaling a quick shift in the White House’s policies towards workers. The Act, the first such act to cross President Obama’s desk had been passed by both the House and Senate and has been floating around the Hill for sometime now.
The Act, brought on by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ledbetter vs. Goodyear aims to make it easier for workers who have been paid unequally for equal work to file for damages against their employer by expanding the time in which an individual can file a claim. Before this Act, the statue of limitations began with the first discriminatory paycheck and ended three years after. This made it hard for workers who have been discriminated against since the disparity in pay is usually revealed over time.
President Obama invited Mrs. Ledbetter to the White House today to celebrate the legal victory of her crusade against pay discrimination. David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama, said “Days like this is what it’s all about. This is what we were working for.” This bold move is a good start in undoing the damage of worker’s rights brought about by the Bush administration in the last four years, and will hopefully pave the way for an increased defense of workers.