It's the first bill signed by our new president. And it's the beginning of the end of almost a decade of tort reform.
This morning President Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Focused on wage discrimination, it overturns the previous U.S. Supreme Court decision imposing time limits on those kinds of lawsuits.
The way the bill is configured, statutes of limitations go out the window. Anyone can sue about any alleged workplace wage discrimination, no matter how far back it may have occurred. That means that introduced the mess of changing times and changing business practices. There's more. Employers can be sued for wage discrimination that is unintentional.