Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act-Weakening Amendment

Senate Roll Call No. 7
111th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 40-55 (see complete tally)
On January 22, 2009, the Senate defeated a weakening amendment to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181) offered by Senator Hutchison (R-TX) by a vote of 55 to 40. The ACLU opposed the Hutchison Amendment, which would have gutted the protections provided in the underlying legislation by forcing employees seeking to challenge pay discrimination to abide by the unfair rule set out in Ledbetter v. Goodyear unless they could prove that they had no reason to suspect pay discrimination. Instead of solving the problem the Ledbetter decision created, the Hutchison Amendment would have forced employees to rush to file complaints at any mere rumor of discrimination lest they lose their access to relief.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 7
Votes For : 40
Votes Against : 55
Not Voting : 2