LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT OF 2009 By: Geraldine Ramirez
Background Lilly Ledbetter was a female supervisor at Goodyear Plant who faced sexual harassment by her boss saying he didn't believe that women should be allowed to work there. She received an anonymous note revealing the salary pay of three male managers in which she noticed they were different from hers all because she was a female. She then decided to file a complaint and her case went to trial for extreme nature pay due to the discrimination she was facing.
" I don't understand why they are getting paid more than me if we are doing the same job?"
Purpose The purpose of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was to fight and close the gap between men and womens wages. Lilly won a jury verdict after having filed a gender pay discrimination suit in federal court. She kept fighting for women rights until January 29, 2009 when President Obama signed into a law.
Significance The reason why the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is important is because she is protecting the rights of women. She believes that men and women should have equal opportunities and receiving the same amount of money as others.
FUN FACT This law is a protections against pay discrimination which were stripped away in the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.