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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. It also modifies the operation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, so that changed the 180 day statute of limitations for filing a pay discrimination suit begins again with each new paycheck that contains the unfair pay.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturns the 2007 Supreme Court decision stating that the 180 day statute of limitations on equal-pay law suits begins on the date the pay was originally agreed upon, and does not begin again with each new paycheck. In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), Lilly Ledbetter was prevented from recovering for unequal pay since she was unaware she was receiving unequal pay until years after she was hired.

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