U.S. ponders new pay equity law

Paycheck Fairness Act would allow employees to openly discuss salaries
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 04/11/2013

South of the border, United States senators are attempting to combat gender wage discrimination by implementing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Introduced in January, the bill aims to amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and reinforce protections granted in the Fair Pay Act, which overturned the 180-day statute of limitations for women to contest pay discrimination. The Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2009, arose out of a lawsuit by Lilly Ledbetter, who lost her legal battle for pay discrimination because she didn’t file her complaint until nearly 20 years had passed.

Ledbetter took so long to file her claims because for years she wasn’t aware for years that she was getting paid less than her male counterparts for similar work.