WASHINGTON (June 15) — The House Education and Labor Committee will work on legislation to invalidate a Supreme Court decision that set strict time limits on filing pay discrimination complaints against employers, the committee´s chairman said at a June 12 hearing.
George Miller, D-Calif. said the Supreme Court´s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear is a "painful step backwards" for American civil rights.
The 5-4 high court decision May 29 upheld the 180-day limit for pay discrimination suits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Lilly Ledbetter, the retired supervisor at Goodyear´s Gadsden, Ala. plant who filed suit against her former employer, said she didn't even realize the discrimination until several years after it was initiated.
The sole defender of the high court decision at the hearing was Neal D. Mollen, an attorney representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who said allegations must be presented to an employer in a timely fashion in order for the conciliation process to work as Congress intended.