If you read newspapers or online new media, listen to talk radio, or even just follow our twitter account, you already know that on Thursday, President Obama signed his first bill into law, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, legislation he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.” We have a lot to say about the Act, more than we can find the time to do all at once, especially given some events that hit us this week. So this will be the first part in a daily series of posts about the Act and about equal pay claims. It is exciting, because for the first time since August 2007, women who have been discriminated against by being subjected to lower pay than their male counterparts will have redress. For the first time since August 2007, lawyers, such as ourselves, find themselves able to take on such claims.
President Obama welcomed Lilly Ledbetter to the White House for the signing, shown in this NY Times Photograph. Ms. Ledbetter, whose case was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007, is standing immediately behind the President's right shoulder.
We'll tell a little more about substance of the new law tomorrow.