RECENT VOTES

Fair Pay Legislation

The House cast its first votes of the session this week, including measures to address wage fairness. The first bill, H.R. 11: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act addresses a Supreme Court decision regarding the case of Lilly Ledbetter. She sued her employer after learning she had the lowest salary among all supervisors, even though she had more experience than her male counterparts.

Although a jury found that she had been subject to wage discrimination, the Supreme Court overturned that decision, claiming Ms. Ledbetter waited too long to raise the issue. The court did not take into consideration the fact that she brought her case to the attention of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as soon as she became aware of the discrepancy.

H.R. 11 reinstates the procedure in place before the Supreme Court's decision by clarifying that each time a worker receives a paycheck reflecting lower pay for equal work they may file a charge of wage discrimination, as long as that charge is filed within 180 days of receiving those wages.

I voted YES. H.R. 11 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

244

5

0

7

REPUBLICAN

3

166

0

8

TOTAL

247

171

0

15

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

10

0

0

0