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Fair Pay for All Workers

Adair Buckner, Buckner and Cross P.C. Adair Buckner, Buckner and Cross P.C.

A new law aimed at drawing fair pay for all employees is drawing criticism.

After 20 years of working for the same company, Lilly Ledbetter realized she was making less than her male counterparts. So she took her case to court and won big.

But the Supreme Court overruled the victory saying employees only have 180 days to file a lawsuit.

This law changes that, and that's where the misconception lies according to some.

While the new law does make it easier for employees to seek retribution for lost wages; it does not open the door for any and all suits.

Adair Buckner with Buckner and Cross P.C. says, "It says in essence that each time a new pay check is issued that is based on the discriminatory practice or policy, that kind of starts the clock running again."

This means the employee has 180 days from that check to file a claim.

Buckner says, "That's a big misunderstanding about what this act does. You still have the statue of limitations under the equal pay act or title 7 for that kind of discrimination. Which is two years, so the person couldn't go father back than two years." 

New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall, who co-sponsored the bill says he knows generations from here on out will see a change in their wages. And he hopes employers take notice now.

Senator Udall says, "I'm hoping that employers will voluntarily look at this situation and make sure that they operate on the principle of equal pay for equal work."

Right now, for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 77 cents.

Hispanic woman are only making 55 cents for every dollar.

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