By  on January 26, 2009

WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass a bill this week aimed at making it easier for victims of pay discrimination to file lawsuits against employers, paving the way for President Obama to sign the first bill of his presidency.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would reverse a Supreme Court decision and allow employees to sue as long as they filed a lawsuit within 180 days of any paycheck deemed discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in a case involving Ledbetter, a former Goodyear Tire & Co. employee, that alleged victims of wage discrimination must file a complaint within 180 days of their first paycheck or lose the right to sue. As a result, Ledbetter lost $300,000 awarded to her by a lower court for pay discrimination over more than 20 years at Goodyear.

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