$0.77 Does Not Equal $1.00

$0.77 DOes Not Equal $1.00: A Perspective on The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in a Dukes v. Wal-Mart World

Co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Forum and the Women’s Law Association.

October 28, 2010,  4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by stating that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit resets with each discriminatory paycheck.  Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the largest civil rights class-action lawsuit to date and charges Wal-Mart with discriminatory practices against women such as unfair pay, promotions and job assignments.

Fatima Goss Graves is Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on improving dropout rates for girls, ensuring nondiscrimination in athletics and nontraditional fields for women, advancing equal pay for equal work and the development of fundamental legal principles of equal opportunity. She uses a number of advocacy strategies in her work on these issues ranging from public education and legislative advocacy to litigation, including briefs in the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals.  Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP.  She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Ms. Goss Graves is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale Law School.