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Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act Into Law


WASHINGTON - January 29, 2009 -

President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law today, a move that restores a basic protection against pay discrimination threatened by the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Ledbetter v. Goodyear. 

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:


“The bill’s enactment into law reflects the values of equality and fairness that were the hallmark of President Barack Obama’s campaign. Making the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first piece of legislation signed into law provides an important signal for workers across the nation seeking fairness in the workplace. 


“Lilly Ledbetter won’t receive any restitution of her lost wages, and this new legislation won’t undo the discrimination she experienced, but her struggle has led to reforms that will protect the basic rights of countless workers. We applaud Lilly Ledbetter for her courage, and President Obama for his leadership on this important issue.”


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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Will Potter
202) 822-7823, wpotter@nea.org