Pay equity issues took center stage when the Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the first such federal legislation to be enacted in an effort to close the wage gap between genders. This statute ushered in a new era for pay equity, and the effects continue to ripple throughout the country with no signs of slowing down.

That Act overturned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that had denied recovery to a woman named Lilly Ledbetter, who was allegedly paid less than similarly situated males. The federal law established that the statute of limitations for this kind of violation begins anew for each paycheck issued. But the signing of this statute was just the beginning. This article will summarize the five majo