MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)– Governor Kay Ivey has signed a bill into law aimed at stopping employers from paying employees different salaries for the same work based on race or sex.
Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake for the “Lilly Ledbatter Fair Pay Act” passed by Congress in 2009. Ledbetter sued Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden for wage discrimination, decades ago.
“Equal pay for women and minorities is not just their problem, it’s a family affair and therefore it becomes the state and the nations too,” Ledbetter said.
Ledbetter was ecstatic to hear that her home state now has equal pay legislation on the books.
She says when people are paid better, that’s good news for the economy.
“It also helps the family to have better education, better healthcare, better food they can grow and they can raise their families,” Ledbetter said.
Representative Adaline Clarke led the charge for this legislation to pass the legislature.
“They have a right to file pay discrimination suits when and if they exist,” Rep. Clarke said.
Under this law, a person has two years after the act of discrimination to file a lawsuit.
“I have had several people tell me they feel like they have experienced discrimination,” Rep. Clarke said.
Any employer who violates this would have to pay the employee back the money he or she is owed with interest. The law takes effect September 1.