After Congress approves an economic stimulus package, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, hopes pay discrimination will move to the top of the Senate agenda. Kennedy's bill, the Fair Pay Restoration Act, would overturn a recent Supreme Court decision and allow workers to sue a company within 180 days of any paycheck that has allegedly been reduced because of bias. Kennedy's measure is a response to a Supreme Court case involving Lilly Ledbetter, a former floor manager at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co plant in Gadsden, AL. The court's decision gives employers free rein to continue pay discrimination, and it leaves workers powerless to stop it, Kennedy said.
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