Congress Passes Ledbetter Bill for pay discrimination

Congress cleared the way for what will likely be the first piece of significant legislation signed by President Obama. In a 250-to-177 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill that will ease restrictions on workers seeking to recover damages for workplace discrimination based on sex, race, religion, national origin, age or disability. In a 2007 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Lilly Ledbetter could not pursue a pay discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear because she failed to file her claim within 180 days of the alleged discrimination, according to the New York Times article.

I think that this was a terrible decision that put form over substance, as some people do not learn that they have been harmed until after the time they have been injured. This case reminds us how important it is to bring claims promptly. I and the rest of the ABRAMS LANDAU trial team have seen too many meritorious cases where the injured person sat on their rights and were then time barred from bringing their cases to court. Do not let that heppen to you or a loved one. If you have been harmed or disabled by negligence or discrimination, seek legal help right away.

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