Ms. Ledbetter is the namesake for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair
Pay Act, which was signed into law in 2009. The act followed
a long discrimination case that Ledbetter filed against her
former employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber. The suit began
after Ledbetter received an anonymous note informing her that
she was making thousands of dollars per year less than her male
colleagues in similar managerial positions at Goodyear, even
after 19 years of working at the company.
After she retired, Ledbetter filed suit against her former
company. For 10 years, Ledbetter fought to close the gap between
women’s and men’s wages in the historic discrimination case. She
was awarded a settlement for gender pay discrimination in
federal court, although the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately
overturned the ruling saying that Ledbetter hadn't met a time
requirement for filing her suit.
However, the U.S. Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair
Pay Act to loosen the time requirements for the filing of a
discrimination suit. President Obama’s first act of business was
to sign the Ledbetter Act into law.
Ledbetter is also an author. Her book “Grace and Grit: My Fight
for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond” was published
in 2012. The book will be available for sale and signing
following the awards dinner.
The Access to Justice Awards Dinner attracts more than 500
attendees including local and regional community leaders, public
officials, attorneys, judges, and community advocates.
Our 2014 Community Advocacy Award recipient is the
Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition for their efforts in
eliminating barriers to successful reentry into the
community by ex-offenders. A Public Interest Law Award
will go to the legal department at HCR ManorCare
and the Toledo office of Anspach Meeks
Ellenberger, LLP for their creation and ongoing
participation in a weekly Lucas County Juvenile Court Pro Se
Clinic. A Distinguished Service Award will be presented
to local attorney Cary R. Cooper for his commitment to
the mission and work of legal aid in northwest Ohio.
Tickets to the Access to Justice Awards Dinner are $100 each
and can be purchased online at
donate.ablelaw.org or by calling Patti Robb at