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Cantwell Joins Local Women's Groups to Applaud Signing of Lilly Ledbetter Act Into Law

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Location: Edmonds, WA

Cantwell Joins Local Women's Groups to Applaud Signing of Lilly Ledbetter Act Into Law

On Saturday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will be joined by local women's organizations for a rally applauding the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law. This legislation implements "equal pay for equal work" by setting fair timelines for women to bring pay discrimination claims against their employers. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women today make only 78 cents for every dollar made by a man. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act closes that gap, in addition to addressing other forms of discrimination.

Lilly Ledbetter worked for nearly 20 years at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company facility in Alabama. She sued the company after learning that she was the lowest-paid supervisor out of a group of 16 supervisors at the facility, despite having more experience than several of her male counterparts. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturns Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., in which a divided Supreme Court held that workers must sue for pay discrimination within 180 days of the original pay-setting decision, even if the pay discrimination continues after the 180-day period.

This bill creates a fair time table for filing pay discrimination claims. The time limit for suing an employer would begin each time an employer issues discriminatory compensation and is not limited to the original discriminatory action. An aggrieved employee would be able to file a claim within 180 days of a discriminatory paycheck and recover back pay for up to two years prior.

WHEN: Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. PST

WHERE: Edmonds Community College, Room, Snohomish 304 20000 68th Ave W Lynnwood, WA 98036

WHO: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell

Dr. Jerrilee Mosier, Vice President, Workforce Development, Edmonds Community College

Deborah Knutson, Executive Director, Snohomish Economic Development Council

Local Women's Organizations and Advocates

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