For readers in the Western Pennsylvania area who might be interested in attending, Lilly Ledbetter will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law tonight about her Supreme Court case and the fight for equal pay for women. A description of the event follows below:
Gender Discrimination, the Supreme Court, and an Agenda for Equal Pay: A Conversation with Lilly Ledbetter
Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in the 2006 case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will speak at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 pm in room 113. Lilly Ledbetter’s case resulted in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision that required pay discrimination claimants to take legal action within 180 days of the time the discriminatory pay decision was first made. In Lilly Ledbetter’s case, the Court’s ruling meant that she had no legal remedy for the many years of pay discrimination that she experienced right up until leaving the company. That controversial decision led to the proposed”Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,”now pending in Congress, which would reverse the Court’s decision. Lilly Ledbetter will discuss her case, the fair pay agenda in Congress, and the importance of adequate legal remedies to secure equal pay for women. University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Deborah Brake, who co-authored an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of Ms. Ledbetter and testified before Congress about the impact of the decision, will moderate the event. The Feminist Law Forum at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is sponsoring the event.