WASHINGTON (July 10) — A House committee has passed a bill to change pay discrimination reporting requirements, in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Goodyear and against a retired supervisor.
The House Education and Labor Committee on June 27 passed by a 25-20 vote the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after the former supervisor at Goodyear's plant in Gadsden, Ala. She had sued the company for gender-based pay discrimination that happened early in her nearly 20-year career at the factory.
On May 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Ledbetter's claim was invalid because, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, she had to file it within 180 days of the original discriminatory decision.
The new bill would allow workers to file pay discrimination claims within 180 days of their most recent paychecks, using Ledbetter´s argument that the discrimination was compounded with every paycheck she received.
There was no immediate word on when the full House would take up the bill.