WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is singing the praises
of newly passed legislation making it easier for workers to sue for
discrimination on the job.
At a White House bill-signing ceremony today, he said the
measure upholds the principle that "we are all created equal" and
that each person deserves an equal opportunity.
The measure is known as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And it
is named for an Alabama woman who said she didn't become aware of a pay discrepancy until she neared the end of her career at a
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plant in Gadsden.
Ledbetter, who lives in Jacksonville, was present for the
ceremony. The law effectively overturns a Supreme Court decision
that had strictly limited workers' ability to file such suits.