Just a few days after starting its new session, Congress has moved to substantially expand employees’ rights and remedies in pay discrimination cases. On Jan. 9, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 11) and the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12), largely along party lines, and then combined them into a single piece of legislation (H.R. 11). Identical bills have been introduced in the Senate, and a vote there is expected later this month. Taken together, the bills would make it easier for plaintiffs to establish pay discrimination, significantly expand the number and size of class actions in such cases, and expose employers to unlimited compensatory and punitive damages even if they never intended to discriminate. President-elect Obama supports the legislation.
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