Lilly Ledbetter Focus of Free Omaha Forum

By: WOWT, Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, Associated Press Email

Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman whose lawsuit led to the federal pay equity law that bears her name, will lead discussion and hold a book-signing at a forum in Omaha.

Ledbetter will be in Omaha on Tuesday, July 10th, for the forum sponsored by the Nebraska Coalition for Constitutional Values. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the DC Center, which is just south of 120th & W. Maple Rd.

Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after learning near the end of her 19-year career that she was being paid less than her male colleagues. A jury awarded her more than $3 million in back pay and punitive damages, but a judge later reduced that to $300,000.

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, effectively overturning a Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter's case that had strictly limited workers' ability to file lawsuits over pay inequity.

The event is free and open to the public, but a RSVP is required at http://neappl.es/ledbetter.


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