STATEMENT OF THE OFFICE OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
Anthony Coley, spokesman for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, today issued the following statement on the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Senator Kennedy has long been a leader in the fight for equal pay for women in the workplace. In this Congress, he has been leading the fight for passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to reverse a 2007 decision by the Supreme Court narrowly limiting the time period within which a woman must file a claim of pay discrimination. The Ledbetter Act would make clear that the 180-day time period begins to run each time an employee receives a discriminatory pay check. Senate Republicans filibustered the legislation, and by a narrow margin of 56-42, Democrats were unable to break the filibuster. Kennedy intends to bring the legislation before the Senate again before the end of this year's session.
"Equal pay for equal work is at the heart of the nation's commitment to justice and fair play. Senator Kennedy believes that we will never achieve the goal of the Equal Pay Act unless our laws vigorously protect the rights of victims of pay discrimination. That's why Senator Kennedy will continue to press for the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act."