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Bill Would Boost Pay-Bias Claims

Posted Jun 11, 2007 7:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is leading an effort to introduce legislation that will overturn a recent Supreme Court ruling on pay discrimination.

The court ruled on May 29 in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that Title VII pay disparity complaints must be filed with the EEOC within 180 days of the original pay discrimination. There is not a new violation with each new paycheck.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who oversaw the EEOC in the late 1970s, has met with House and Senate staffers about drafting a new law to change the 180-day limit, Legal Times reports.

The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing about the ruling on June 12, and plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter will testify.

Businesses oppose a longer statute of limitations, fearing a flood of stale discrimination claims will be filed if the lengthens the filing period. Norton did not provide details of the bill that is being drafted.

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