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Lilly Ledbetter Discusses Equal Work, Equal Pay for Women, Sept. 30

Date Released: 9/22/2009

Her Supreme Court Case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She discusses her case at the Natural and Social Science fourth annual John Howard Lecture on Law and Justice in the Performing Arts Center Sept. 30 at 5 PM.

The Natural and Social Sciences Lecture Series at Purchase College  presents Lilly Ledbetter, the woman whose landmark case went up to the Supreme Court.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was one of the first pieces of legislation signed by President Obama paving the way for other women to get the justice she was denied.


Ms. Ledbetter and law professor Merrick Rossein will discuss her case at the fourth annual John Howard Lecture on Law and Justice on September 30 at 5 PM in The Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Call 914-664-2963.


Lilly Ledbetter was not a trailblazer, just a good hard worker who did her job-and did it well for nearly two decades before discovering that for four years she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the same work.

Over the course of her career she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and social security benefits—losses she still feels today.  She could have accepted her lot and moved on.  Instead she spent 10 years and took her case to the Supreme Court of the United States for legislation that would help others get the justice she was denied.


Merrick Rossein, law professor from the City of New York Law School has litigated numerous employment discrimination cases and published the three-volume treatise, Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation.


The two will discuss the Ledbetter case, equal pay for equal work, and women in the workplace.


The lecture is sponsored by a grant from Robert J. Timberger.