Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Law and Legal Definition

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a federal law that restored worker protections against pay discrimination based on age, religion, national origin, race, and sex. The Act allows individuals who face pay discrimination to seek rectification under federal anti-discrimination laws.

The Act was a direct answer to the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (U.S. 2007), a U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the statute of limitations for presenting an equal-pay lawsuit begins at the date the pay was agreed upon, not at the date of the most recent paycheck, as a lower court had ruled.