The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: How to Walk the Minefield
On January 29, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law re-instituting the "paycheck rule" permitting employees to pursue claims for lost compensation predicated on alleged discriminatory workplace conduct. The Ledbetter Act was enacted to expressly overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., which explicitly rejected the "paycheck rule."
Retroactive to one day before the Supreme Court's ruling on May 28, 2007, the Ledbetter Act has dramatic and broad-sweeping implications on employers' compensation and record-keeping systems. The Act expands the type and scope of occurrences that are deemed unlawful employment actions for purposes of triggering a pay discrimination claim. Moreover, given that the Act resets with each new discriminatory paycheck issued to an employee and prohibits pay discrimination based on all categories (race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, and disability) protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act, it is anticipated that employers will experience a substantial increase in pay discrimination claims from employees.
The discussion will include:
- The history of Ledbetter: How we got here
- How the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will increase the number of claims
- What employment practices will now trigger a pay discrimination claim
- Practical strategies for employers to implement to minimize liability
- Other pay-related legislation on the horizon: the Paycheck Fairness Act
Please join us for an informative and lively discussion on the impact of the Lily Ledbetter Act, how it can impact your company and how you can minimize liability.
Registration/Breakfast: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
This program is complimentary.
Questions? Please call Kelly Davis at 713.652.4726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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