President Barack Obama signed his first act this week in a move to provide fair pay to all workers.
"It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act - we are upholding one of this nation's first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness," said President Obama at the conference.
The bill was in response to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that stated that an individual only had 180 days to file a discrimination claim after a company's initial decision to pay a worker less than another worker doing the same job. Under the Lilly Ledbetter Act, the statue of limitations is extended for an additional 180 days.
The plaintiff in the case, Lilly Ledbetter, argued that she was not aware of her pay discrimination until near the end of her 19-year career at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Alabama.
The new legislation was blocked by the Bush White House and Senate Republicans last season.
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