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Ledbetter Fair Pay Act May Be Among Early Obama Victories

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December 2, 2008

The Washington Post reports that the new, stronger Democratic majority in Congress is likely to afford Democrats a working filibuster-proof majority on various issues that could provide early legislative victories to the new Obama administration.  One law that could be passed early in the Obama administration is the so-called Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  The legislation is named after Lilly Ledbetter, whose sex discrimination claim was ruled untimely by the Supreme Court in a 2007 case.   If passed, the law would amend Title VII and the ADA to allow more time for workers to file discrimination complaints.  The law passed the House, but fell four votes short of the 60 needed to close debate in the Senate.  However, five Republican Senators who opposed the measure will be replaced by Democrats in the new Congress.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/30/AR2008113001903.html

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