The Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act both passed the House resoundingly on Friday. Unfortunately, the vast, vast majority of Republicans remain adamantly opposed to recognizing the problems with workplace discrimination that these bills are meant to address.
Also, I've noticed a misleading representation of the Ledbetter Act being passed around, either by lazy journalists (NPR) or by conservative propagandists (CEI). These people suggest that this act is meant to extend or abolish the status of limitations on filing discrimination lawsuits. This is completely false.
For an accurate, short description of the Act, see this AP article by Jim Abrams from yesterday:
The 180-day limit, for better or worse, is untouched by the Ledbetter Act. But it will apply to the time since the issuance of the last discriminatory paycheck, as it had in legal interpretation for decades -- until 2007.
Later in the AP article, Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey concisely summarizes the impact of that Supreme Court Ruling and the situation that the Ledbetter Act is meant to rectify:
For more on these bills, which now await action in the Senate, see the National Committee on Pay Equity.