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House passes bill to lift wage suit limits

August 01, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Tuesday that would overturn a June Supreme Court ruling that set an 180-day deadline for filing pay discrimination claims.

Lawmakers voted 225 to 199, almost entirely along partisan lines. Democrats hailed it as a victory. "This is as basic as it gets," said Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), the sponsor of the measure. "You should not be paid less because you are a woman ... because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs."

The House vote reinstated the accepted practice before the Supreme Court ruling, which allowed an employee to sue after any discriminatory paycheck.

Republicans and business groups decried the bill as a boon for trial lawyers.

Senate Democrats said they planned to sponsor the bill in that chamber.

President Bush has threatened to veto it.

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