Representing the first bill signed by the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama, this law states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each discriminatory paycheck. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturned an earlier decision by the Supreme Court stating that there is a restrictive time limitation within which an employee can bring an equal pay suit. In other words, as a result of the bill that was enacted, equal pay lawsuits no longer had to be filed within a very short time period. Instead, you might still be eligible to bring an equal pay lawsuit, even if the initial discriminatory action regarding your unequal pay happened many years ago.
At Meenan & Associates, we understand that there are employers who compensate some employees more generously than others. According to the EEOC, all forms of income are covered under equal pay, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options, profit sharing and bonus plans, life insurance, vacation and holidays, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel accommodations, reimbursement for travel expenses, and benefits.